We are proud to provide compassionate in-home hospice care to patients and their loved ones.
Encompass Health is a national sponsor of Together to End Stroke
The goal of hospice care is to neither hasten nor postpone death, but provide care and support at the end of life when curative measures are no longer the best option. We help patients live fully and completely by focusing on symptom and pain management so they can live with dignity, not in fear.
Our team of skilled nurses, medical social workers, hospice aides and medical directors take the time to understand each patient’s needs on a deeper level and work alongside their physician to implement the best plan of care. Chaplains, volunteers and bereavement specialists are also part of our team of hospice experts and help meet the spiritual and emotional needs of not only the patient, but their loved ones as well.
Encompass Health provides hospice care wherever the patient calls home, including assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals and independent living facilities. No matter the setting, our team will coordinate with existing caregivers to ensure care and support for the patient and family.
Hospice is not a place, but rather a philosophy of care. Hospice care is provided by a team of professionals dedicated to delivering physical, psychological, spiritual and emotional comfort to improve quality of life for those living with a terminal illness.
Hospice services require a terminal illness with a prognosis of six months or less.
Hospice care is paid for through the Medicare hospice benefit, with no co-pay or out-of-pocket cost for qualified Medicare beneficiaries. Medicaid and many private insurance companies also pay hospice benefits with minimal personal cost.
Encompass Health is a Medicare and Medicaid-certified agency and is in-network with several private insurance plans.
Chief Executive Officer, Home Health & Hospice
April Anthony is the chief executive officer of home health and hospice at Encompass Health. April’s leadership within the company began in 1998 when she founded Encompass Home Health & Hospice, growing it to become an industry-leader and nationally acclaimed best place to work. Anthony initially moved into the homecare industry in 1992 and soon become the owner and CEO of Liberty Health Services. She was the recipient of Ernst & Young’s prestigious 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year award based on her creative and innovative approach to home health care. She is also a certified public accountant, beginning her career at Price Waterhouse. Anthony graduated from Abilene Christian University in Texas with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Senior Vice President of Sales, Home Health & Hospice
Judee Barrett is the senior vice president of sales of home health and hospice at Encompass Health. She has worked in the homecare industry for more than 15 years, serving in a variety of roles including national director of orthopedics, director of specialty programs and most recently as vice president of sales. Barrett began her career as a licensed physical therapist, treating patients in a variety of settings. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received her master’s degree in physical therapy at Texas Women’s University in Houston, Texas.
Senior Vice President of Development, Home Health & Hospice
Cliff Blessing is the senior vice president of development of home health and hospice at Encompass Health. Prior to this role, he served as senior vice president of development, joining the company in 2012. He previously worked in corporate finance and development at Pizza Hut, commercial lending and real estate development. Blessing graduated from Abilene Christian University in Texas with a bachelor’s degree in finance, then earned a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
President, Home Health & Hospice
Luke James serves as president – home health & hospice at Encompass Health. In this role, he oversees organizational functions related to strategy and innovation, mergers and acquisitions, sales, finance, and legal services. Luke also works on initiatives with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Congress regarding key issues that impact the home health and hospice industries. Luke received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Abilene Christian University in Texas.
Executive Vice President, Home Health and Hospice Operations
Julie Jolley serves as the executive vice president of home health and hospice operations at Encompass Health. Julie has been a registered nurse for over 25 years and part of the Encompass Health organization for over 20 years, holding various leadership roles at the local and regional level. Julie received an associate degree in nursing from Amarillo College and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Chamberlain University.
General Counsel, Home Health & Hospice
Chad Knight serves as general counsel of home health and hospice for Encompass Health. Prior to joining Encompass Health, he was general counsel of ZoomCare, assistant general counsel of PeaceHealth System and also in private practice. He received a bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University and a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.
Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Bud Langham is the chief strategy & innovation officer of home health and hospice at Encompass Health. He joined Encompass Health in 2008 after holding leadership roles in a variety of acute and post-acute settings including acute care hospital, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, outpatient and cardiac rehabilitation. Langham is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the OU Price College of Business in Norman, Oklahoma.
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Home Health & Hospice
Dan Peoples is the executive vice president of sales and marketing of home health and hospice at Encompass Health. He provides extensive experience and knowledge in the creation and success of start-up companies, having formed Taylor Medical, Inc. and Home Care Supply, Inc. prior to joining Encompass Health in 2007. Peoples received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Executive Vice President, Clinical Services
Janice Riggins is the executive vice president of clinical services of home health & hospice at Encompass Health. Riggins has worked in a variety of leadership roles during her 29 years in the home health industry. After joining the Company in January 2010, she held regional leadership positions before serving as vice president of strategic relationships and then senior vice president of home health clinical operations. Riggins earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Lamar University and a master’s degree in nursing informatics at Western Governors University.
Executive Vice President of Strategic Operations, Home Health & Hospice
Brenda Riordan is the executive vice president of strategic operations for home health and hospice at Encompass Health. She has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, serving in various leadership roles in the acute, post-acute, rehabilitation and home health sectors. Riordan earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Boston University and received a master’s degree in public and health administration from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Chief Financial Officer, Home Health & Hospice
Chris Walker is the chief financial officer of home health and hospice at Encompass Health. He has more than 25 years of senior executive finance experience in the healthcare sector. Walker previously served as the chief financial officer of LifeCare Health Partners, a national long-term acute care and home health company, and most recently as the chief financial officer and SVP of corporate services for Inform Diagnostics, Inc., a leading national anatomical pathology lab service provider. Walker is a certified public accountant and worked as a senior audit manager at KPMG LLP. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Arkansas University.