Lean on us when heartbreak and healing
go hand in hand.


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.

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.

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


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 thosewe serve and to each

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

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


Board of Directors

2015 Officers and Members

Will Wright, Chair
Liz Schatzlein, Immediate Past Chair
Lisa Davis, Treasurer
Donna Eskind, Secretary
Anna-Gene O'Neal, President & CEO
Virginia Trotter Betts, MSN, JD, RN. FAAN
Susan Brownie
Ward Cammack
Sidney Curry
Deborah Farringer
Sara Finley
Ryan Gallagher
David Hawkins
Brian Hemphill, M.D.
Lynn Lien
Evans Looney
Rhonda Lowry, M.Div.
Brian Marger
Warren McPherson, M.D.
Matt Miller
Frank Morgan
Angie Mulder
Linda Norman
Philip Ransdell
Stephen Riven
Stephen Roberts
Beth Workman


Advisory Committee

Mary Falls, Advisory Chair
Susan Simons, Past Chair
Leslee B. Alexander; David Barton, M.D.; Lynn Barton, LCSW; 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

Executive Leadership


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