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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. 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 3,600 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.

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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.

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


2018 Board Officers and Members

Warren McPherson, MD, Chair
Clark Baker, Chair Elect
Beth Workman, Treasurer
Sara Finley, Secretary
Anna-Gene O'Neal, President & CEO


Roger T. Briggs
Susan Brownie
Therese Brumfield
Kim Cannon
Joe Dorko
Vicki Estrin
Robyn Fulwider
Ryan Gallagher
Sam Hatcher
David Hawkins
Stephen Heyman, MD
Veronica Marable Johnson
Lynn Lien
Brian Marger
Matt Miller
Frank Morgan
Angie Mulder
Linda Norman
Philip Ransdell
Cathryn Rolfe
Jane Siegel, MD
Rev. Kelly Miller Smith
Robert Taylor, MD
Gina Zylstra
Molly Vice, Board Intern

Advisory Committee

Mary Falls, Advisory Chair
Susan Simons, Past Chair


David Barton, MD, Founder
Lynn Barton, LCSW, Co-Founder
Warren McPherson, MD, Board Chair
Anna-Gene O'Neal, President & CEO
Leslee B. (Honey) Alexander
Donna Culver
Frances Edwards
Annette S. Eskind
Frank Gluck, MD
Mary Hunter
Granbery Jackson III
Howard Jones, MD
Harriet Karro
Joseph C. Moss
Sandra J. Roberts
Liz Schatzlein
Bertie Shriver
Deborah Story
Jan van Eys

Murfreesboro Advisory Committee

Lynn Lien, Co-Chair
Warren McPherson, MD, Co-Chair​
Anna-Gene O'Neal, President & CEO


Leslie Akins
Rita Ash
Phil Barnett
Sydney Boerner
Lou Caputo
Gordon Ferguson
Max Moss, MD
Kitty Murfree
Dr. Jim Nunnery
Joey Peay
Mark Pirtle
Shane Reeves
Dr. Liz Rhea
Kathy Ryan
Joyce Taylor
Don Witherspoon
Hanna Witherspoon
John Zubkus, MD
Bubba Woodfin, Guest Committee Member

Leadership Team

Senior Leadership

  • Anna-Gene O'Neal, RN, MSN, MBA, President/CEO
  • Dr. Kristen Coller, Chief Medical Officer
  • Fran Doehring, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Joseph Hampe, Chief Financial Officer
  • Alysia Jones, PHR, SHRM-CP, Vice President of Human Resources
  • Judy Orr, LMSW, Vice President of Mission Based Services
  • Corrinne Ehlert Senior Director, Quality and Compliance
  • Krista Bullington, Director of Intake and Admissions
  • Warren Henson, Facilities Director
  • Alissa Drescher, MA, LPC, GC-C, Director of Alive Grief Support
  • Renee Wisby, LMSW, Director of Volunteer Services
  • Leslie Baker, RN, CHPCA, Administrator of Home Care
  • Jennifer Levi, BSN, RN, Administrator of Alive Hospice Residence Murfreesboro
  • Jeff Sidler, RN, CHPN, Administrator of Alive Hospice Residence Nashville