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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


2017 Board Officers and Members

Warren McPherson, M.D., Chair
Will Wright, Past Chair
Beth Workman, Treasurer
Donna Eskind, Secretary
Anna-Gene O'Neal, President & CEO


Clark Baker
Roger T. Briggs
Susan Brownie
Kim Cannon
Ward Cammack
Joe Dorko
Vicki Estrin
Sara Finley
Robyn Fulwider
Ryan Gallagher
David Hawkins
Stephen Heyman, M.D.
Veronica Marable Johnson
Lynn Lien
Brian Marger
Matt Miller
Frank Morgan
Angie Mulder
Linda Norman
Philip Ransdell
Cathryn Rolfe
Jane Siegel, M.D.
Robert Taylor, M.D.
Gina Zylstra
Stephanie Grose Bell, Board Intern

Advisory Committee

Mary Falls, Advisory Chair
Susan Simons, Past Chair


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

Alive Institute Advisory Committee

Granbery Jackson III, Chair


David Barton, M.D., Founder
Lynn Barton, LCSW, Co-Founder
Frances Edwards
Mary Falls
Steve Heyman, M.D.
Howard Jones, M.D.
Joseph C. Moss
Anna-Gene O'Neal, President & CEO
Susan Simons
Jan van Eys, M.D.
Warren McPherson, M.D., Board Chair
Charlie Wray

Leadership Team

Senior Leadership

  • Anna-Gene O'Neal, RN, MSN, MBA, President/CEO
  • Dr. Robert Berkompas, Chief Medical Officer
  • Joseph Hampe, Chief Financial Officer
  • Judy Orr, Vice President of Mission Based Services
  • Leslie Baker, RN, CHPCA, Administrator of Home Care
  • Krista Bullington, Senior Director of Business Development
  • Warren Henson, Facilities Director
  • Alysia Jones, PHR, SHRM-CP, Vice President of Human Resources
  • Pixie McCord-Mills, RN, MSN, CHC, Director of Regulatory Compliance
  • David Neese, LCSW, Director of Alive Grief Support
  • Jeff Sidler, RN, CHPN, Administrator of Alive Hospice Residence Nashville
  • Renee Wisby, LMSW, Director of Volunteer Services