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

Alive is a 501(c)(3) charitable 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.

Alive 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’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 serves more than 3,600 patients and their families annually (more than 430 daily) and provides grief support services for nearly 600 adults and children in Middle Tennessee in addition to training for tomorrow's caregivers and education for the community at large.

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.

Statement of Inclusiveness

As the only not-for-profit, community-based hospice in Middle Tennessee, Alive Hospice never turns anyone away, regardless of ability to pay, insurance status, race, religion, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, or disability. We live our mission to provide loving care to people with life-threatening illnesses, support to their families, and service to the community in a spirit of enriching lives.

Board of Directors

2020 Board Officers and Members

Beth Workman, Board Chair 
Michael Payne, Treasurer
Vicki Estrin, Secretary
Clark Baker, Past Board Chair
Kimberly Goessele, President/CEO


Kim Cannon
Mike Edgeworth, MD
Mary Flipse
Robyn Fulwider
Stephen Heyman, MD
George Huddleston, Jr
Rob Jack
Veronica Marable Johnson
Jordan Kendig
Jeff Landman, MD
Keri McInnis
Jane Siegel, MD
Rev. Kelly Miller Smith
Robert Taylor, MD
Gina Zylstra
Alexander Erath, Board Intern  


Advisory Committee

Mary Falls, Advisory Chair
Susan Simons, Past Chair


David Barton, MD, Founder
Lynn Barton, LCSW, Co-Founder
Beth Workman, Board Chair and Ex-officio
Kimberly Goessele, President/CEO
Leslee B. (Honey) Alexander
Dell Crosslin
Donna Culver
Frances Edwards
Annette S. Eskind
Donna Eskind
Frank Gluck, MD
Keith Hagan, MD
Mary Hunter
Granbery Jackson, III
Harriet Karro
Joseph C. Moss
Sandra J. Roberts
Liz Schatzlein
Bertie Shriver
Deborah Story
Jan van Eys, MD

Murfreesboro Advisory Committee

Lynn Lien, Chair
Beth Workman, Board Chair and Ex-officio
Kimberly Goessele, President/CEO


Leslie Akins
Rita Ash
Phil Barnett
Sydney Boerner
Lou Caputo
Gordon Ferguson
Max Moss, MD
Kitty Murfree
Joey Peay
Mark Pirtle
Shane Reeves
Kathy Ryan
Joyce Taylor
Don Witherspoon
Hanna Witherspoon
John Zubkus, MD

Leadership Team

Senior Leadership

  • Kimberly Goessele, President/CEO
  • Joe Hampe, Chief Operating Officer
  • Dr. David McRay, Chief Medical Officer
  • Fran Doehring, Chief Nursing Officer and Administrator of Home Care
  • Teresa Cosgrove, Vice President, Finance
  • Alysia Jones, PHR, SHRM-CP, Vice President, Human Resources
  • Devin Smith, VP, Information Technology, and Security​
  • Mac Hardcastle, Senior Director of Advancement
  • Dr. Anh Meadows, Senior Medical Director​
  • Krista Bullington, Director of Clinical Partnerships​
  • Heather Roth, Director of Community Partnerships​
  • Warren Henson, Director of Facilities​
  • Alissa Drescher, MA, LPC, GC-C, Director of Alive Grief Support
  • Renee Wisby, LMSW, Director of Volunteer Services
  • Jennifer Levi, BSN, RN, Administrator of The Residence Nashville
  • Liz Haas, Director of Marketing and Communications