Celebrating Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Bristol Hospice is proud to support Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), an estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide live with Parkinson’s disease, one of the most common disorders of the nervous system. PDF has launched this year’s campaign #EndParkinsons. Click to learn more.

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As an individual’s journey with Parkinson’s disease progresses, palliative care and hospice care can be added to provide comfort while being cared for at home or in a home-like setting. Although some think of hospice services for terminal cancer patients, anyone with limited life expectancy may qualify. Hospice support prioritizes care in comfort rather than aggressive treatment, stressing quality of life instead of quantity.

For more information regarding how hospice services supports individuals and families living with Parkinson’s disease, contact Bristol Hospice.

Sources: GetPalliativeCare.org; PDF.org

Celebrating Social Work Month

Throughout March – National Social Work Month, the Bristol Hospice team is celebrating our nation’s more than 600,000 social workers and their contributions. They confront some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities and society and forge solutions that help people reach their full potential and make our nation a better place to live. Thank you for all you do! Learn more at NASW.

CEO presents “The Future of Hospice – An Optimistic Prognosis”

On February 25, Bristol Hospice ~ Sacramento was pleased to have CEO Dr. Stephen Leedy present, “The Future of Hospice – An Optimistic Prognosis,” at the Granite Bay Golf Club – Conservatory, in Granite Bay, CA.

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Thank you to the more than 50 people who attended, including discharge planners, palliative care teams, physicians, Community Liaisons and LTC administrators.



Bristol Hospice L.L.C. Appoints Christie Franklin to Chair Position; Names Dr. Stephen A. Leedy as New President and CEO

Proven Hospice and Palliative Care Physician Executive is Tapped to Carry on the Bristol Hospice Mission

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, Sept. 17, 2015Bristol Hospice, L.L.C., a premier provider of family-centered hospice services, announces the appointment of industry veteran and visionary, Christie Franklin, RN, BA, as Chairman of the Board of Managers of Bristol Hospice, L.L.C. In conjunction with this appointment, proven hospice and palliative care physician executive, Stephen A. Leedy, MD, MA, FAAHPM, HMDC, has been named as President and Chief Executive Officer. The leadership change is effective immediately.

Ms. Franklin, a visionary leader, was integral in the establishment of Bristol Hospice, L.L.C., as its founder, growing the organization from startup to serving more than 900 patients daily through its community-based hospice agencies operating in seven states throughout the United States. As Chairman, she will continue as an employee of Bristol Hospice, L.L.C., and provide overall strategic vision to the Board of Managers for the advancement of Bristol Hospice, L.L.C.’s mission. Ms. Franklin will continue to represent the organization through active participation on accreditation, quality and industry-related committees, and national boards.

“Christie is well-respected for the impact she has made to the advancement of hospice, palliative care and homecare, and for her more than 25 years of executive leadership experience,” stated Randy Kirton, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Avalon Health Care, Inc., Bristol Hospice, L.L.C.’s holding company and former Chairman of the Bristol Board of Managers. “As Chairman, Christie’s vision will ensure Bristol Hospice, L.L.C.’s continued success as we navigate the challenges and opportunities associated with this new era of healthcare reform. I am pleased to ‘pass the reins’ to such an innovative leader.”

Ms. Franklin has a Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management, and has been a registered nurse for more than thirty years. Ms. Franklin was appointed to the National Quality Forum for Home Health Quality Measures 2004 and the National Quality Forum for Hospice and Palliative Care Framework Review Committee 2005. She was appointed in 2006 to the Brown University Perception of Care Panel. She is a current and past member of the NHPCO Quality and Standards Committee, having served from 2008 to the present, and will serve a two-year term as Chair of that committee through 2015. In March of 2015, Ms. Franklin was appointed to a three-year term on the CHAP Board of Review. Ms. Franklin was Treasurer of the 2013 NHPCO Hospice Action Network Board and remains a current member of the NHPCO Hospice Action Network Board. She is a past member of the NHPCO Governance Committee. Also, Ms. Franklin has served over the years in numerous national committee and boards supporting the hospice and homecare industry. She has also conducted numerous national hospice and homecare presentations and authored several publications. She was a member of the HCAP Advisory Board—2009 through 2014. Ms. Franklin served on the National Association for Home Care and Hospice Strategic Planning Congress Nominating Committee and the Proprietary Advisory Board, and is also a past member of the Hospice Association of America.

“Through this planned leadership succession, I am pleased to turn over the day-to-day operations and leadership to Dr. Leedy,” Ms. Franklin said. “In addition to being a proven physician leader, Dr. Leedy is an approachable, sought-after speaker and hospice and palliative care advocate. I feel assured the rich Bristol culture that has been established will continue through his leadership and the Bristol leadership team, as they are the keepers of the culture.”

Dr. Leedy earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and completed his family medicine residency at Northwestern University in Chicago. He was recently awarded a Master’s Degree in Palliative Care Leadership from Lancaster University in Lancaster, England. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and is the Immediate Past Chair of their national Public Policy Committee. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association (FHPCA). Dr. Leedy is board certified in Family Medicine with subspecialty board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and is a certified Hospice Medical Director. He has had original research articles published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. Dr. Leedy’s recent appointments include Vice President of Post-Acute Care of BayCare Health System, a large integrated health system in west central Florida. He has also served as National Vice President of Operations for Seasons Hospice and Executive Vice President/Chief Medical Officer for Tidewell Hospice.

“It is an honor to work with the Bristol Hospice, L.L.C. leadership team to position the organization’s ongoing expansion of services and quality initiatives,” Dr. Leedy said. “I look forward to supporting the Bristol Hospice team and leading the development of collaborative relationships with hospitals, physicians, skilled nursing facilities, other service providers and payers across the post-acute care continuum.”


About Bristol Hospice, L.L.C.

Bristol Hospice, L.L.C., established in 2006, is graciously committed to becoming the provider of choice, by building a bridge in the continuum that offers family-centered hospice, as well as a comprehensive suite of clinical specialties and supportive care. By Embracing the Reverence for Life®, Bristol Hospice, L.L.C. operates hospice and homecare programs within several communities in California, Georgia, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Utah. In 2014, Bristol Consulting and Management Services, L.L.C. was added to our suite of services. For more information, visit www.bristolhospice.com.

Bristol Hospice, L.L.C. and Stillwater Medical Center form Joint Venture for Hospice – Judith Karman Bristol Hospice, L.L.C.

Stillwater Medical Center announced today it has formed a Joint Venture with Bristol Hospice, L.L.C., a nationally recognized hospice provider, to form Judith Karman Bristol Hospice, L.L.C. Judith Karman Bristol Hospice, L.L.C. will operate a hospice program in the same location in Stillwater. Judith Karman Bristol Hospice will serve the patients and families previously served by Judith Karman Hospice and will offer comprehensive hospice care to all Stillwater area residents and their families.

Alan Lovelace, VP and CFO of Stillwater Medical Center stated “we are so pleased to work with Bristol Hospice, L.L.C in this venture. In Bristol we have found care providers whose care philosophy so closely aligns with our core values that together we will provide the highest level of compassion, respect and quality care to residents entering life’s final stages.”

Stillwater Medical and Bristol Hospice share the core philosophy that: No one should leave this life alone or in pain. Additionally, hospice services support patients and families in the management of pain and symptoms. In turn, the patients can find quality and peace while coping with a life limiting illness. The companies also share core values that deliver on a promise to provide exceptional care, guided by a compassionate heart.

Christie Franklin, President and CEO of Bristol Hospice, L.L.C. stated “Our mission to embrace a reverence for life and build a continuum of care that serves the entire community fits seamlessly with Judith Karman’s great reputation and values-driven approach to providing quality care. We look forward to growing our relationships in Stillwater and beyond in the years to come.”

Judith Karman Bristol Hospice, L.L.C. will offer an expanding continuum of care that focuses on a family-centered approach to providing specialized clinical care to hospice patients by compassionate caregivers and interdisciplinary professionals. They will utilize Bristol’s proven care and management model, which is successfully replicated in several regions across the United States and will voluntarily seek Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) accreditation.
The Judith Karman Bristol Hospice program will be designed to promote quality and comprehensive hospice services to patients, families, and communities with a comprehensive suite of clinical specialties and supportive care. It’s licensed and certified programs offer individualized care plans to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of hospice patients and their families.

Judith Karman Bristol Hospice’s interdisciplinary group of professionals and volunteers work closely with patients and families to develop care plans appropriate to the patient’s illness that provide a range of services including nursing, hospice aide services counseling, spiritual support, therapy, dietary, volunteer services and bereavement care.
Bristol Hospice LLC was founded in 2006 and currently operates or advises programs within several communities in California, Utah, Georgia, Texas, Hawaii, Oklahoma and Oregon. Bristol Hospice is a long standing member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Stillwater Medical Center is a 117-bed, non-profit acute care general hospital with over 1200 staff members serving the north central region of Oklahoma. The staff at SMC is 100% committed to providing excellent care to both patients and visitors. Recently, Stillwater Medical Center was named as one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare for the 3rd year in a row.

For More information please contact:
Judith Karman Bristol Hospice, LLC
Annette Laubach
Executive Director
Phone: (405) 377-8012
FAX: (405) 624-9007

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Bristol Hospice LLC Announces Key Leadership Appointment

Teresa Craig to Serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, July 17, 2014 — Bristol Hospice, L.L.C., a premier provider of family-centered hospice care and homecare services, as well as a comprehensive suite of clinical specialties, supportive care and management services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Teresa R. Craig to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. Ms. Craig will work in collaboration with Bristol Hospice’s leadership team and report to Christie Franklin, President/ CEO. Due to growth, Bristol Hospice has added this new role in which Ms. Craig will have the direct responsibility for Bristol Hospice, L.L.C.’s Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology departments and will also be involved with mergers, acquisitions and start-up activities.

Ms. Craig has extensive leadership experience in health care and human-service organizations. Teresa is a highly-respected, visionary leader in the hospice and homecare industry, and has served on numerous committees and boards for state and national organizations, including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, National Hospice Organization Insurance Agency, Electronic Health Record Association, National Association of Hospice and Home Care, Association of Kansas Hospices and Hospice Association of America.

“During my career I have been committed to helping hospices and homecare organizations throughout the country implement sound accounting, reporting and management systems. I am pleased to be joining such a quality-focused organization and committed leadership team,” stated Ms. Craig.

Prior to joining Bristol Hospice, L.L.C., Ms. Craig served in the position of CEO of Suncoast Solutions, a market leader in the hospice and homecare software industry. Prior to this role, she also served as CFO for Suncoast Hospice and Vice President of Finance & Administration for Hospice, Inc. in Wichita, Kansas.

“Teresa’s expert knowledge and use of cultural values to foster pride-based teamwork across diverse business units is a perfect fit for our organization,” commented Christie Franklin, President/CEO of Bristol Hospice, L.L.C. “We have worked closely together over the past number of years, and we look forward to her expertise as we continue to grow our current operations.”

About Bristol Hospice, L.L.C.
Bristol Hospice, L.L.C., founded in 2007, is graciously committed to becoming the provider of choice by building a bridge in the continuum of care by offering family-centered hospice and homecare, as well as a comprehensive suite of clinical specialties and supportive care. Bristol Hospice, L.L.C. currently operates hospice and homecare programs within several communities in California, Georgia, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Utah. In 2014, Bristol Consulting and Management Services, L.L.C. was added to our suite of services.

Bristol Hospice – Georgia, LLC Educates The Atlanta Area At POLST Conference

The Bristol Hospice–Georgia program was part of a sweeping change in improving healthcare for millions of Georgians with its recent sponsorship and exhibit booth at the Georgia Physician Orders For Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Conference on May 8, 2014.  As part of this collaboration, the Georgia program and its team members educated patients, families and health care professionals to the POLST medical order, which enables seriously ill patients designate their desired treatment  and ensures medical professionals honor their preferences.

Bristol Hospice – Sacramento, LLC Celebrates Five Years Of Serving Patients And Families

Another milestone was met at the Bristol Hospice – Sacramento, LLC agency on the fifth anniversary of servicing hospice patients in the Sacramento community.  The program is one of the first programs in the Bristol Continuum of Care and is its largest program.  The agency celebrated with an open house on April 1, 2014 with over 100 guests attending. The Sacramento program is looking forward to another five years and beyond of servicing hospice patients and their families.

CEO Christie Franklin Celebrates At Bristol Hospice – Pathways, LLC Open House

It was a celebratory time at the Bristol Hospice – Pathways, LLC agency when it held an open house on March 11, 2014, at its new Waxahachie office.  Many local dignitaries attended the open house and ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new office and office building.  During the ceremonies, Jim and Melinda Colwell were recognized for their dedication to Bristol Hospice –Pathways, LLC. The Colwells are former owners of the hospice agency and owners of the new office space.  Christie Franklin, President/CEO of Bristol Hospice, LLC., presented them with a Texas flag that had flown over the Texas State Capitol.  It was a great event, and Bristol Hospice-Pathways, LLC is honored to be servicing hospice patients and their families in the Waxahachie community and surrounding counties.