New Brand and Name Change for Local Nonprofit Health Provider Community Hospice & Palliative Care reflects growing services and area


Jacksonville, Fla. – Jacksonville-based Community Hospice of Northeast Florida today changed its name to Community Hospice & Palliative Care to reflect its growing line of services and programs. With the new name, the organization also is introducing a refreshed logo, with colors that represent the four elements of self that impact the overall quality of life of its patients and families: physical, emotional, spiritual and social.

Since 1979, Community Hospice has served the end-of-life needs of patients and families in Northeast Florida. In February, Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) awarded Community Hospice a Certificate of Need to begin providing hospice services to the residents of Service Area 3A, an 11-county region of north and north-central Florida, including Gainesville, Palatka and Lake City. The new name and logo better reflect all of the services and programs offered, as well as the communities the organization now serves.

“It is important that our name reflect the growth of organization beyond solely providing hospice services, as well as our geographic expansion from serving five counties to a 16-county service area,” said President and CEO Susan Ponder-Stansel. “The refreshed name honors the unique value and heritage that “Community” has within our organization, and aligns our growing palliative care services with our hospice care, since both are designed to provide comfort and support to those facing serious and life-limiting illnesses.”

Despite the name change, the organization’s leaders stress that it will continue its longstanding commitment to serving the community by providing the highest quality hospice and palliative care, as well as veteran-centric services, caregiver education and support, grief and bereavement services open to all, comprehensive advance care planning services through Honoring Choices® Florida, and our award-winning pediatric palliative and hospice program, Community PedsCare®.

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About Community Hospice & Palliative Care

Established in 1979, Community Hospice & Palliative Care is an innovative national leader in palliative and hospice care, as well as providing programs and services to meet the diverse needs of the communities it serves. During its 38-year history, Community Hospice & Palliative Care has served nearly 200,000 adults and children in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties, and recently expanded its service area to include 11 counties in north-central Florida. Through the support of more than 900 employees and 1,000 volunteers, the organization helps approximately 1,600 patients per day to live better with advanced illness – at home, in long-term care and assisted living facilities, in hospitals and at its eight inpatient care centers. The organization is committed to improving the quality of life for patients and their families and to be the compassionate guide for end-of-life care in our communities. No one is ever denied care due to an inability to pay. To learn more about the support and services of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, visit