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AH_AnnualReport201301-(2).jpgAlive 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.

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 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.

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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

First row seated (left to right): Sandy Bledsoe, Cathryn Rolfe, Will Wright (chair elect), Liz Schatzlein (chair), Anna-Gene O’Neal (president and CEO), David Hawkins, Dr. Doug Ardoin, Donna Eskind

Second row standing (left to right): Rhonda Lowry, Frank Morgan, Scott McWilliams, Susan Brownie, Stephen Roberts,  Martee Harris, Steve Riven, Mary Falls, Dr. Jim Cato, Dr. Brian Hemphill, Lynn Lien, Larry Kloess, Lisa Davis, Denise Alper (secretary)

Advisory Committee

Susan Simons, Advisory Chair
Members: Donna Culver; Roberta Lochte-Jones; Linda Dale; Joseph C. Moss; Leslee B. Alexander; J.D. Elliott, FACHE; Sandra Roberts; David Barton, M.D.; Annette B. Eskind; Bertie F. Shriver; Lynn Barton, LCSW; Mary Hunter, RN, MBA; Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., CNM, FAAN; Helen L. Laubach

Executive Team


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

Leadership Team

  • Anna-Gene O'Neal, President & CEO
  • Barbara Brennan, Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Operating Officer
  • Joseph Hampe, Chief Financial Officer
  • Dr. Anh Meadows, Interim Chief Medical Officer
  • Leslie Baker, Administrator of Home Care
  • Krista Bullington, Senior Director of Business Development
  • Alysia Jones, Director of Human Resources
  • Pixie McCord-Mills, Director of Regulatory Compliance
  • David Neese, Director of Grief Services
  • Renee Wisby, Director of Volunteer Services