Chapters Health System and Cornerstone Hospice affiliation creates the US’ largest not-for-profit hospice provider

The National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), the largest not-for-profit hospice collaborative in the United States, applauds the recently announced affiliation of NPHI members Chapters Health System and Cornerstone Hospice.

“We could not be prouder of this partnership,” said NPHI CEO Tom Koutsoumpas. “These leaders represent the unique value of not-for-profit, community-based hospice providers and their collaboration will bring comprehensive, high-quality care to thousands of patients and families.”

“Our affiliation with Chapters Health will support the Cornerstone Hospice legacy, and I am confident our common, not-for-profit mission will guarantee more patients coping with serious illnesses will have opportunities to access compassionate care at a challenging time in their lives,” said Cornerstone CEO and NPHI Board Member Chuck Lee in the announcement. “We will retain our long-established identity, foundation and connection to the communities in all the counties we serve.”

With a combined staff of 2,250 and another 1,620 volunteers, this affiliation agreement makes Chapters and Cornerstone the largest not-for-profit hospice provider in the country. Together, healthcare services will reach 58,860 residents annually in 29 counties in Florida and 4 in Georgia. Critically, the affiliation will allow Cornerstone to continue its charitable work in the Hardee, Highlands, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Sumter counties in Florida, and Cherokee, Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties in Georgia.

“The most exciting part about this is that it really represents the tip of the iceberg when it comes to elevating not-for-profit legacy hospice care,” said Chapters Health CEO and NPHI Board Member Andrew Molosky in the release. “If your organization wants to learn more about securing its future, we stand ready to assist. Let’s talk about what could be.”

“We are so grateful for the leadership of Andrew and Chuck’s teams,” said NPHI President Carole Fisher. “Chapters and Cornerstone will serve as a model for other community-based not-for-profits looking to expand their footprint and counter large for-profit providers.”

The National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI) is a collaborative of 75+ not-for-profit, community-integrated hospice and palliative care providers dedicated to ensuring patients and their families have access to care that reflects their individual goals, values, and preferences. Representing providers from 31 states and the District of Columbia, NPHI and its members help design more innovative and effective models of care, advocate for comprehensive and community-integrated care customized to meet each person’s unique needs, and build collaboration between national thought leaders, decision-makers, and other healthcare stakeholders to improve hospice care.

About Chapters Health System. As a progressive leader and premier health system, Chapters Health System is dedicated to delivering innovative home health, palliative and hospice care along with durable medical equipment and pharmacy services. Since 1983 as a community-based, not-for-profit organization, Chapters Health has provided choices, education and guidance through its managed affiliates. All offerings are provided in order to improve the patient/family experience well in advance of end-of-life needs. Chapters Health was named a Top Workplace by the Tampa Bay Times and certified for the fourth consecutive year as a great workplace in the Aging Services category by the independent analysts at the Great Place to Work® Institute.

About Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care. Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care, a not-for-profit, community organization since 1984, provides comfort and care to families experiencing life-limiting illnesses. Nearly 7,000 people in Hardee, Highlands, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Sumter counties in Florida and Cherokee, Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties in Georgia benefit from Cornerstone programs each year. Enhanced patient and family care is made possible through the generous support of individuals and groups.