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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.

Heroic Act By Bristol Hospice – California, LLC Nurse Inspires Company Award

The first recipient of the Bristol Carroll Award is hospice nurse, Virginia Carroll, for the bravery and heroism she displayed on January 30, 2014.  While traveling to a hospice patient’s home, Virginia saved a child from a burning vehicle from the devastating automobile accident.  In deep appreciation of Virginia’s unselfish actions, Bristol Hospice has named an award in her honor.  The Bristol Carroll Award will be given to employees who perform heroic acts of compassionate service and valor.  Virginia is an employee at Bristol Hospice – California, LLC.  We are so fortunate to have an “angel” on our team.

Prestige Care affiliate, Bristol Hospice – Oregon, named 2013 Hospice Honors recipient

Prestige Care affiliate, Bristol Hospice – Oregon, named 2013 Hospice Honors recipient.

Prestige Care Inc., a leader in exceptional senior living and skilled nursing care, today announced that its affiliate Bristol Hospice – Oregon, has been named a 2013 Hospice Honors recipient. Bristol Hospice – Oregon is a subsidiary of Bristol Hospice and Homecare – Northwest, which is owned by Prestige Care and nationally recognized hospice provider Bristol Hospice, L.L.C.

This prestigious annual honor, established by Deyta, recognizes the top 100 organizations in the country that provide consistent quality care to patients. In reaching its decision, Deyta reviewed family satisfaction survey results from more than 1,200 hospice agencies throughout the nation.

“This award is a great achievement for Bristol Hospice, and one that affirms what we’ve already seen in them – that they deliver exceptional hospice care to our patients,” said Harold Delamarter, President and CEO of Prestige Care. “Bristol Hospice exemplifies what we seek in a health care partner, and we offer our most heartfelt congratulations.”

Together, Prestige Care and Bristol Hospice and Homecare Northwest offer an expanding continuum of care that focuses on a family-centered approach to providing specialized clinical care to hospice and homecare patients by compassionate caregivers and interdisciplinary professionals.

Through their partnership, Bristol Hospice has expanded Prestige’s ability to provide comprehensive hospice and home health care to residents within its family of Portland-area senior living, rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers.

Prestige’s care philosophy is rooted in a set of values that deliver on a promise to provide exceptional care, guided by a compassionate heart.

Bristol Hospice programs provide hospice services to meet the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of patients, families and caregivers. An interdisciplinary group of professionals and volunteers develops an individualized plan of care which includes services like nursing, counseling, spiritual support, therapy and dietary services.

“Hospice Honors defines a new standard of excellence in the patient and family experience for hospice agencies,” said Liz Silva, Deyta’s Director of Hospice. “Identifying these top-performing hospices is our way of recognizing organizations that have demonstrated high quality of care to both patients and caregivers. That positive family experience is a key driver of ongoing patient-focused care and overall agency success.”

Deyta partners with thousands of hospice and other healthcare organizations to simplify data on care effectiveness, enabling consumers and care providers to efficiently process useful information and make knowledgeable choices when seeking a care provider.

About Prestige Care Inc.

Prestige Care and Prestige Senior Living operate a family of more than 80 senior communities throughout the Western United States. Prestige Care provides a comprehensive senior service experience, offering assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation.  The company holds firm to a set of core values – respect, integrity, commitment, and trust – that guide

every aspect of its mission to personally touch lives every day.  For more information on Prestige, visit its website at

About Bristol Hospice L.L.C.

Bristol Hospice L.L.C. operates and manages hospice programs in six states and homecare programs in two states. The Bristol Programs are designed to promote quality and comprehensive homecare and hospice services to patients and families in the communities they serve. The Bristol leadership is committed to the company’s vision and mission in the delivery of our homecare and hospice services. The Company holds firm to its values and mission –Embracing a Reverence for Life. Please visit their website at, or call (801) 325-0175 for more information on Bristol Hospice and Homecare.