Below are the latest news and updates from Cornerstone Hospice. Be sure to check out our events section for a calendar of our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.
Central Florida hospice agency recognized for providing best patient care.
May 6, 2013 (Tavares, Fla.) – Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care’s mission to provide excellent care has been recognized. Cornerstone has been named a 2013 Hospice Honors recipient, a prestigious award recognizing hospice agencies providing the best patient care as rated by the patient’s caregiver.
Cornerstone serves seven Central Florida counties with at-home, inpatient and in-facility care. Three of the organization’s hospice houses were specifically named as providing exceptional care to patients and their families:
Established by Deyta, this esteemed annual honor recognizes the top 100 agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. Deyta used the Family Evaluation of Hospice Care (FEHC) survey results from over 1,200 partnering hospice agencies contained in its national, FEHC database with an evaluation period of January through December 2012. Deyta used the five key drivers of caregiver satisfaction as the basis of the Hospice Honors calculations.
“Hospice Honors defines a new standard of excellence in the patient/family experience for hospice agencies,” says 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.”
“The medical team, support staff and volunteers who make up Cornerstone are incredibly dedicated to ensuring quality hospice care is available to anyone who needs it,” said Chuck Lee, CEO of Cornerstone Hospice. “It is an honor to be recognized for their hard work but I suspect the greatest reward is the daily interaction with patients and their families and the knowledge that we are providing compassionate care with dignity to those who are at end-of-life.”
Cornerstone has been caring for people facing life-limiting illnesses and their families since 1984. In 2011, the agency served 4,281patients, plus thousands more friends and loved ones, and Cornerstone currently serves more than 800 patients each day.
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Posted on Wed, 19 Jun 2013
Cornerstone SALUTES! program enhances veteran-to-veteran outreach; increases capacity to provide specialized needs for veterans.
February, 28, 2013 (Tavares, Fla.) – Continuing its commitment to provide specialized care for Central Florida veterans, Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care has achieved Level 3status with the We Honor Veterans program, a national initiative in collaboration with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
“With one out of every four dying Americans being a U.S. veteran, Cornerstone Hospice has made a concerted effort to ensure these heroes receive the honor, dignity and medical care they deserve,” said Chuck Lee, Cornerstone Hospice CEO. “Achieving the ‘third star’ in this important effort allows our team to reach more veterans with our array of comprehensive care programs.”
Established in 2010, the Cornerstone SALUTES! program, continues to honor our local veterans with a ceremony, led by a specially-trained U.S. veteran volunteer, tailor-made for the veteran patient and family. During the ceremony, the veteran patient is presented with a special pin and Certificate of Appreciation. Approximately 10 ceremonial pinnings are held each month throughout Cornerstone Hospice’s seven-county region and that number is expected to increase.
As an accredited partner with the national We Honor Veterans initiative, Cornerstone Hospice has completed specific activities using practical resources designed to increase ability the organization’s service to veterans and their families.
“On behalf of We Honor Veterans Program, we are grateful for the commitment and service that Cornerstone Hospice is providing Veterans and their families. We congratulate the staff at Cornerstone Hospice for achieving the We Honor Veterans Level 3 Partner recognition,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Posted on Wed, 19 Jun 2013
TAVARES – Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care (http://www.cornerstonehospice.org) has three new community representatives who lead the organization’s mission to help families facing life-limiting illnesses receive the special assistance only Hospice can provide.
Posted on Sun, 16 Dec 2012
Tavares, Fla. – The Women for Hospice of Lake and Sumter County continue their generous support of hospice services in the region with a recent donation of $100,000. The check was presented to the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation (http://www.CornerstoneHospice.org) at the December 7th Women for Hospice luncheon. This is the third year in a row that Women for Hospice has provided this gift to Cornerstone Hospice.
Posted on Sun, 16 Dec 2012
New CEO and CFO to lead Central Florida organization’s strategy for a growing, competitive market
Tavares, Fla. – Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care (http://www.CornerstoneHospice.org) has named Charles “Chuck” Lee, MA, MBA, as President and Chief Executive Officer. Lee is a veteran in the hospice industry who has led patient care operations, strategic planning, fund raising, business development, and volunteer recruitment at several hospice organizations.
“We are fortunate to welcome Chuck to our leadership team,” commented John Moore, Cornerstone Hospice Board Chairman. “His proven ability to work collaboratively to provide exceptional care while sustaining and expanding programs will benefit the organization as we move into a challenging time for health care providers.”
"I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve the team at Cornerstone Hospice,” Lee said. “Cornerstone has a long tradition of excellence in serving dying persons and their loved ones in Central Florida, and I'm excited to play a part in keeping that tradition strong in the years ahead."
Lee, who most recently has served as Chief Operations Officer at Hospice of Chattanooga in Tennessee, will assume his role at Cornerstone Hospice, which serves seven Central Florida counties, on January 2, 2013. Prior to Chattanooga, Lee served as Sr. Vice President of Operations at Covenant Hospice in Pensacola, Fla., and worked with hospices across the country as a leader with the Studer Covenant Alliance.
“In the coming years, hospice programs – including Cornerstone – will face daunting challenges,” Lee said. “Tighter regulations, changes in reimbursement, and increased competition will demand that Cornerstone enhance the quality of its service delivery, keep costs under control, and find creative new ways to ensure that our caring mission remains intact.”
Cornerstone Hospice has been providing compassionate care for people facing life-limiting illnesses and their families since 1984. In 2011, the agency served 4,281patients, plus thousands more friends and loved ones, and Cornerstone currently serves more than 800 patients each day. Cornerstone’s annual revenue approaches $60 million.
Lee intends to build on that strong foundation. “While challenges certainly exist, great opportunities lie ahead for Cornerstone,” he said. “More people request hospice care each year, and Cornerstone’s reputation for excellence positions us as the provider of choice for hospice and palliative care across Central Florida. That’s a powerful combination for growth in the years ahead.”
Lee replaces interim CEO Mary Manrique, who has led the organization since February 2012 and who did not pursue the permanent position. Manrique will resume her role as Chief Operations Officer for Cornerstone Hospice.
Additionally, David L. Jones, CPA, MBA has been named Cornerstone Hospice’s Chief Financial Office after serving as interim since January 2012. Jones has more than 23 years experience as a controller or chief financial officer for health care facilities and organizations.
He has led an initiative to re-engineer the organization’s financial reporting, which improved governance and allowed management to better focus on key issues.
Posted on Sun, 9 Dec 2012
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