Keep up to date with the latest news and happenings at Bristol Hospice.

We Appreciate Those Who Support!

Today is National Administrative Professionals Day and Bristol Hospice would like to pay tribute to the Administrative Professionals who help “behind the scenes” as we serve our patients. Thank you for all you do to support our team!


Interested in career as an Administrative Professional? Bristol Hospice can help. Apply now for an opportunity to work for Bristol Hospice.

Bristol Hospice is Proud to Support NHPCO and NHF!

NH Gala

The Bristol Hospice team from across the U.S. is attending NHPCO’s 31st Management and Leadership Conference this week, in Washington, D.C.

We look forward to connecting with our colleagues during this full week of activities that will continue to spark the Bristol Hospice team with innovative ideas, strategies and tools to lead with great vision and creativity as we continue to transform hospice and palliative care for the future.

Also, we are proud to support the National Hospice Foundation as a Tanzanite Sponsor for this year’s Gala. During the Gala, Bristol Hospice will join industry leaders in honoring Don Schumacher, as he retires from his position at NHPCO at the end of 2016 and raise funds to support Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice national engagement campaign.

We are looking forward to connecting!

Now is the time to complete your Advance Directive

April 16 is National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD). Today there is a concerted effort to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. This year’s theme is “It’s Always Too Early, Until It’s Too Late, ” emphasizes the importance for patients to make clear their wishes regarding healthcare, and for providers to respect those wishes, no matter what they may be.

Advance care planning ensures that if you ever find yourself in a position where you cannot express your own wishes in matters of healthcare, there will be a system in place where your concerns will be voiced, and more importantly, heard. On NHDD, all adults can benefit from thinking about what their healthcare choices would be if they were unable to speak for themselves.

Bristol Hospice joins organizations across the U.S. that are focused on educating the public of the importance of advance care planning. Now is the time to consider healthcare choices if you are unable to speak for yourself. Decisions can be written down in an advance directive so that others know your wishes.

Consult with a Bristol Hospice representative for more information and visit the NHDD website to learn more.

National Volunteer Week


National Volunteer Week is April 10 – 16. Supported by Points of Light since 1974, this week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.


At Bristol Hospice, we recognize that volunteers are an integral part of hospice care. Whether it is providing companionship to a person in the final months and weeks of life, or offering support to their family members and caregivers, the contributions of volunteers are essential to the hospice team.

Being a hospice volunteer, you can gain great personal satisfaction from knowing that you have made a difference in another person’s life. Some examples of volunteer duties are:

  • Providing companionship to a patient and their family
  • Being a comforting and supportive presence
  • Providing respite time for the patient’s caregivers
  • Running errands or doing light housekeeping for the patient and family
  • Community outreach
  • Office Support

Especially during National Volunteer Week, we’d like to extend our utmost gratitude to all who serve as Bristol Hospice volunteers. You are our heroes!

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Contact us.

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.

Parkinsons Disease

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.


Bristol Hospice Celebrates National Long Term Care Administrator’s Week


Since 1994, The American College of Health Care Administrators has sponsored this national observance each March. Long Term Care Administrator’s Week honors and celebrates the important role the administrator has in providing leadership for the delivery of quality, resident-centered care and a supportive work environment for staff.

The entire team at Bristol Hospice appreciates all that LTC Administrators do to support excellence in care delivery.


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.



Effective October 1, 2015 – Bristol Homecare – Oregon, LLC is now part of Advanced Home Health Northwest

In a further step to solidify our vision of being graciously committed to becoming the provider of choice for hospice, palliative care and supportive care, we are pleased to announce that Bristol Homecare – Oregon, LLC has entered into an agreement with Advanced Home Health Northwest [“Advanced”] a division of Prestige Health Care, for its purchase. The sale was effective October 1, 2015.  It is important to note that the sale does not impact Bristol Hospice – Oregon, LLC, and we will continue to provide hospice and palliative care services to the community.

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