17 community leaders join Alive Hospice Murfreesboro Advisory Committee

Effort will bring residential hospice care close to home

November 2015

As nonprofit Alive Hospice continues plans for a residential hospice and community center in Murfreesboro, 17 community leaders are championing this effort out of a desire to fill a critical need in the region.

 Two pillars of the Murfreesboro community, Alive Hospice board members Lynn Lien and Dr. Warren McPherson, are co-chairs of the Alive Hospice Murfreesboro Advisory Committee. Joining them are community leaders Leslie Akins, Rita Ash, Sydney Boerner, Lou Caputo, Gordon Ferguson, Dr. Max Moss, Kitty Murfree, Dr. Jim Nunnery, Joey Peay, Mark Pirtle, Shane Reeves, Dr. Liz Rhea, Kathy Ryan, Joyce Taylor and Dr. John Zubkus.

“We are so grateful to this group of incredible leaders for providing us with their counsel and helping us increase our presence in the region,” said Alive Hospice President and CEO Anna-Gene O’Neal. “The Residence at Alive Hospice – Murfreesboro will belong to the community, and we are grateful for the enthusiastic community support that will make it a reality.”

Alive Hospice is a nonprofit organization that has served Rutherford and surrounding counties for the last 10 years. Alive Hospice – the first hospice provider in Tennessee and the Southeast, and one of the nation’s earliest – has served Middle Tennessee since 1975 providing compassionate end-of-life care, palliative care, bereavement support and community education. Alive Hospice is accredited by The Joint Commission and has held its Gold Seal of Approval for several years.

“Over the last five years, we have doubled the number of patients served in the Murfreesboro area,” according to Lynn Lien, whose father was an Alive Hospice patient.

“We are looking forward to fulfilling a community vision of residential hospice care right here, saving families the stress and inconvenience of regular drives to Nashville,” added Dr. Warren McPherson.

Alive Hospice’s plans come in direct response to health care providers and area residents who have requested the nonprofit hospice provider expand its presence south of Nashville to meet the growing need for services.

Alive Hospice has secured a Certificate of Need for a free-standing, 20,000-plus square-foot facility just off Medical Center parkway for patients unable to remain in their own homes or who require short-term, intensive hospice care. The plans include 10 large patient rooms and a community education center. The Residence at Alive Hospice – Murfreesboro will serve patients in Rutherford, DeKalb, Cannon, Coffee and Bedford counties.

“The Residence at Alive Hospice – Murfreesboro is a much needed addition to the local health care spectrum,” O’Neal said. “It is viable but only without debt, so we will be relying on philanthropic support from the region to be able to provide this vital service to families.”

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.