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Alive Hospice is a nonprofit organization that provides compassionate end-of-life care, palliative care, bereavement support and community education. Founded in Middle Tennessee in 1975, Alive Hospice is accredited by The Joint Commission and has held its Gold Seal of Approval for many years. It is also accredited by the National Institute for Jewish Hospices.

Alive Hospice entered the Middle Tennessee landscape in November 1975, only one year after the founding of the first hospice program in the United States. At the time, and through grassroots movements, other hospices also began appearing across the country. Like the group of individuals gathered together by Alive Hospice’s founders, Dr. David Barton and the late Dr. John Flexner, what unified those movements was compassionate people committed to helping patients live in comfort until death occurred and families to grieve with support.

Alive Hospice was chartered in 1975 as a nonprofit organization dedicated with three core goals: providing comprehensive care for terminally ill patients and their families; offering support for grieving adults and children; and serving the community as a center for research and education.

Today, Alive Hospice serves more than 3,400 patients and their families annually (more than 400 daily) and provides grief support services for more than 600 adults and children in Middle Tennessee in addition to training for tomorrow's caregivers and education for the community at large.

Click here to view Alive Hospice's 2014 Annual Report.

Our mission

We provide loving care to people with life-threatening illnesses, support to their families and service to the community in a spirit of enriching lives.

Our vision

To be recognized as expert providers of hospice care, palliative care, management of advanced disease and grief support and to be the agency of choice for the provision of these services.
To be recognized as innovators and leaders in all aspects of end-of-life resources.
To influence the perceptions within the community and among medical professionals so that the end of life is accepted as a meaningful component of the human experience.

Our values

We believe death to be a natural part of life’s journey.

We believe in honesty and integrity in all we say and do.

We believe in compassion to those we serve and to each other.

We believe in respect and dignity for all.

We value competent knowledgeable staff motivated to achieve personal and professional growth.

We believe in accountability to society, our community and each other.

We believe in responsible stewardship of the resources with which we have been entrusted.

We believe in the continuous pursuit of organizational excellence.

We believe in teamwork to achieve our vision and mission, and to support our values.

Board of Directors


2016 Board Officers & Members

Will Wright, Chair
Liz Schatzlein, Immediate Past Chair
Lisa Davis, Treasurer
Donna Eskind, Secretary
Anna-Gene O'Neal, President & CEO
Clark Baker
Susan Brownie
Ward Cammack
Vicki Estrin
Deborah Farringer
Sara Finley
Ryan Gallagher
David Hawkins
Brian Hemphill, M.D.
Stephen Heyman, M.D.
Lynn Lien
Evans Looney
Rhonda Lowry, M.Div.
Brian Marger
Warren McPherson, M.D.
Matt Miller
Frank Morgan
Angie Mulder
Linda Norman
Judy Orr
Philip Ransdell
Stephen Riven
Robert Taylor, M.D.
Beth Workman
Gina Zylstra

Advisory Committee

Mary Falls, Advisory Chair
Susan Simons, Past Chair

Leslee B. Alexander
David Barton, M.D., Founder
Lynn Barton, LCSW, Co-Founder
Donna Culver
Frances Edwards
Roy O. Elam, M.D.
Annette B. Eskind
Frank Gluck, M.D.
Mary Hunter
Granbery Jackson III
Howard Jones, M.D.
Harriet Karro
Roberta Lochte-Jones
Joseph C. Moss
Anna-Gene O'Neal, President & CEO
Sandra Roberts
Bertie F. Shriver
Deborah Story
Will Wright

Alive Institute Advisory Committee

Granbery Jackson III, Chair

David Barton, M.D., Founder
Lynn Barton, LCSW, Co-Founder
Frances Edwards
Mary Falls
Howard Jones, M.D.
Joseph C. Moss
Anna-Gene O'Neal, President & CEO
The Rev. Donna Scott
Susan Simons
Jan van Eys, M.D.
Will Wright
Charlie Wray

Leadership Team


Pictured: Barbara Brennan, Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Operating Officer; Anna-Gene O’Neal, President & CEO; Joseph Hampe, Chief Financial Officer

Senior Leadership

  • Anna-Gene O'Neal, RN, MSN, MBA, President & CEO
  • Dr. Robert Berkompas, Chief Medical Officer
  • Barbara Brennan, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Operating Officer
  • Joseph Hampe, Chief Financial Officer
  • Kira Hilley, Vice President of Community Development
  • Leslie Baker, RN, CHPCA, Administrator of Home Care
  • Kathi Lindstrom, Ph.D., FNP-BC, ACHPN, HSMI, Executive Director, Alive Institute
  • Krista Bullington, Senior Director of Business Development
  • Alysia Jones, PHR, SHRM-CP Director of Human Resources
  • Pixie McCord-Mills, RN, MSN, CHC Director of Regulatory Compliance
  • David Neese, LCSW, Director of Alive Grief Support
  • Renee Wisby, LMSW, Director of Volunteer Services