Alive’s History

Alive was founded in 1975 by local visionaries who knew in their hearts that there must be a better way to care for the dying and their loved ones. They envisioned a model of excellent clinical care delivered hand in hand with the emotional and spiritual support needed to navigate the end of a life. They saw a space where laughter could coexist with tears, where life would be celebrated, even as death was prepared for.

Alive was the third hospice in the country and the first in the Southeast. Founders Dr. John Flexner and Dr. David Barton are now members of the Tennessee Healthcare Hall of Fame for this pioneering contribution to end-of-life care.

We are proud to carry on their legacy.

Today, Alive is a trusted community institution with the privilege of providing comfort and peace to thousands at the end of life. We have given millions to help families with medical bills, built two residences that provide 24/7 care, established the only grief center in the area to help families heal, and developed community partnerships that are a source of mutual pride and strength.

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