It’s about choices and really good care.
Our team of physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains and trained volunteers provides specialized medical care; emotional, spiritual and social support. We provide medical services, equipment, supplies, medications and training to manage your care.
Cost is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, most commercial insurances
and donations. There is no out-of-pocket cost to the patient or family.
Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast serves Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Putnam, Suwannee, and Union counties.
Hospice Weighs Expansion into Hernando County
Citing potential need for broader services for Hernando County residents with terminal illnesses, the nonprofit Hospice of Citrus County, Inc., is considering asking the state to allow it to establish a hospice program in Hernando County.
The organization has filed a letter of intent with the Agency for Health Care Administration, signaling its interest in the expanding into Hernando County. Anthony Palumbo, CEO, said, “The letter of intent is not a criticism of the hospice which serves Hernando County; many counties, including Citrus, have more than one hospice provider.”
The idea arose as a result of the increase in need for pediatric palliative care services in Hernando County. Hospice of Citrus County is the contract provider with Children’s Medical Services in Ocala for Partners in Care/Together for Kids (PIK/TFK) serving children with life-threatening illnesses in Citrus and Hernando Counties. Bonnie Saylor, COO, states, “The need for pediatric palliative services is growing in Hernando County, and when a child needs to transition to full hospice care, Hospice of Citrus County is not currently able to provide that service.”
Hospice organizations are independent of one another, and in Florida, they are required to receive a Certificate of Need (CON) to provide services in a particular area. Hospice of Citrus County, Inc., dba Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, licensed in 1985, currently provides hospice services in Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Putnam, Suwannee and Union Counties. They provide pediatric palliative care services in those counties and Hernando County. They specialize in rural, home-based hospice care, inpatient hospice care, hospital-based hospice care, facility based hospice care and pediatric hospice and palliative care. Patients may choose their location of care, physician, medical equipment company and pharmacy through a network of providers partnering with Hospice of Citrus County. They are nationally accredited by the Institute for Jewish Hospice and Joint Commission with “deemed status” for quality of care and billing practices.
The most recent Florida Need Projections for Hospice Programs published April 2013 by the Agency for Health Care Administration indicates a growing unmet need for Hospice services in Hernando County. Since 2009 the number of admissions for hospice services in Hernando County has declined while the population has increased. It is expected that the number of people over age 65 will increase 15.23% by 2018, creating a need for more hospice services. Another hospice in Hernando County would provide patients with more services and more choices.
Trees of Remembrance will be featured at numerous Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast locations starting the end of November. When you visit, ask how you can place a paper ornament on the Tree in honor of your departed loved one; and for a donation of $25 or more, you can receive a collectible “Everlasting Light” snowflake ornament to take home. Proceeds benefit Herry’s Kids Pediatric Services.
Why do Hospice patients in Florida and their families benefit from the very best services?
Florida’s Certificate of Need (CON) Program ensures that Floridians have access to hospice services in all 67 counties (including all rural areas). It provides for frequent monitoring of all hospice agencies operating in the state, resulting in high levels of care and satisfaction. And the CON Program promotes community support for community hospices, enabling Floridians to benefit from an array of services, including grief support for adults and children, caregiver support, alternative medicines, special programs for pediatric and veteran patients, and remembrance services around the holidays. It also gives volunteers a great opportunity to participate in and support numerous hospice programs.
To learn more about the CON Program in Florida and why its continuance is vital to maintaining the quality of hospice care provided to all Floridians, click here.