Alive Hospice will build Murfreesboro's first hospice facility

Published on November 19, 2014

Nov. 19, 2014
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Nonprofit hospice provider expanding services in Rutherford County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nonprofit organization Alive Hospice announced today that it will move forward with plans to build a free-standing hospice facility in Murfreesboro. The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency approved an application for the facility this afternoon, allowing Alive Hospice to begin working toward a June 2016 opening.

The new Residence at Alive Hospice – Murfreesboro will expand Alive Hospice’s services in the area by adding a layer of care and convenience for terminally patients and their loved ones. Notably, it will be Rutherford County’s first facility with dedicated beds for inpatient adult and pediatric hospice care, respite hospice care and residential hospice care.

“Rutherford County has asked Alive Hospice for this facility, and we’re fulfilling our promise by making this demand a reality,” said Alive Hospice President and CEO Anna-Gene O’Neal. “Patients facing terminal illnesses will have the comfort of knowing they can receive the care they need in an Alive Hospice facility that’s close to home. That’s no small comfort, and it’s what our patients and families deserve. We’re only too pleased to provide one more measure of comfort with a beautiful, tranquil new facility.”

Alive Hospice will continue providing home hospice care for terminally ill patients and grief support services in Rutherford County as it has for many years. Upon opening in 2016, the new facility will be available for patients needing a more intensive level of hospice care than is typically provided in home settings. It also will provide a peaceful care setting for terminally ill patients requiring short-term respite care as well as hospice patients who are unable to remain in their homes.

Having a hospice facility in Murfreesboro will allow terminally ill patients to stay close to home instead of utilizing Alive Hospice’s existing facilities in Nashville. Additionally, family and friends will no longer be faced with the burden of long commutes to and from Nashville to visit their loved ones. The facility will serve patients not only in Rutherford County, but also in four other counties in Alive Hospice’s service area: Bedford, Cannon, Coffee and DeKalb.

Alive Hospice’s plans come in direct response to healthcare providers and area residents who have requested the nonprofit hospice provider expand its presence south of Nashville to meet the growing need for services. Demonstrating significant enthusiasm for the new facility, Alive Hospice submitted more than 165 letters of support from stakeholders as part of its application to the state.

The 21,300-square-foot facility will be located near Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in the Parkway Office Park, off of Gateway Boulevard. It will include 10 patient rooms, a large family gathering room, a kitchen and dining room, a sanctuary and a courtyard. Patients will receive care from a team that includes a hospice physician, nurses, hospice aides (certified nurse technicians), social workers, chaplains and volunteers.      

Additionally, Alive Hospice’s Murfreesboro-based hospice home care team and Murfreesboro grief counselor will relocate their offices to the new facility. Alive Hospice currently leases office space in the Stone Gate Corporate Plaza on Medical Center Parkway.

Alive Hospice will kick off a capital campaign and plans to break ground on the facility in 2015.

“The Residence at Alive Hospice – Murfreesboro will belong to the community, and as we work to fulfill our promise, we’ll need community support,” O’Neal said. “We look forward to kicking off our capital campaign in 2015 and hope you will be part of building this beautiful new facility with us.”

As with all aspects of Alive Hospice’s care and services, hospice-eligible patients will receive care at the new facility regardless of insurance coverage status or ability to pay thanks to community support.

About Alive Hospice

Founded in Middle Tennessee in 1975, Alive Hospice is a nonprofit organization that provides compassionate end-of-life care, palliative care, grief support and community education. With a service area of 12 Middle Tennessee counties, Alive Hospice provides 24/7 personalized care that is focused on helping patients live meaningfully amid life-limiting illnesses and loss. Alive Hospice is accredited by The Joint Commission. For more information about Alive Hospice, call 615-327-1085 or visit