Alive Hospice targets Murfreesboro for facility

Nonprofit seeks certificate of need to move forward

Officials with Nashville-based Alive Hospice today announced plans to build a free-standing hospice facility in Murfreesboro.

The planned 10-bed facility, a price tag for which was not disclosed in a release, will mark an expansion of the nonprofit's services in Rutherford County, which include home hospice care and grief support services.

The Murfreesboro facility would be the first of its kind in Rutherford County, with dedicated beds for inpatient adult and pediatric hospice care, respite care and residential hospice care. It would result in about 20 new jobs, according to the release.

Relatedly, Alive Hospice will consolidate two of its inpatient facilities in West Nashville at the existing Alive Hospice Residence Nashville, located adjacent to the organization’s headquarters on Patterson Street in Midtown. Over the next several months, Alive Hospice will phase out services at its unit at Saint Thomas West Hospital, where it has leased and independently operated a unit since 2006. Alive Hospice will transition staff at Saint Thomas West to positions at its Residence on Patterson Street, its unit at the TriStar Skyline Madison Campus and to existing hospice home care teams.

For the Murfreesboro facility, Alive Hospice will apply for a certificate of need, a permit the state must grant before the facility can be built. If the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency approves the CON, construction would begin as soon as possible thereafter.

The plans come in response to health care providers and area residents who have requested that Alive Hospice expand its presence south of Nashville to meet the growing need, the release notes. Rutherford County has been identified as one of the top five fastest growing counties in the state, based on U.S. Census Bureau data.

“We are the only nonprofit hospice agency in Rutherford County that treats all patients, regardless of their ability to pay, so the need for more services is essential as the area grows,” said Anna-Gene O’Neal, President and CEO at Alive Hospice. “Our mission at Alive Hospice is to care for residents of Middle Tennessee at a critical moment in their lives, when heartbreak and healing go hand in hand. This expansion is essential to ensuring we are fulfilling that mission. We must be where the need is.”

Founded in 1975, Alive Hospice serves 12 counties in Middle Tennessee and currently offers home hospice care and grief support services in Rutherford County with a team based on Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro.