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The goal of hospice

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.

What is hospice?

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.

Who qualifies for hospice?

Hospice services require a terminal illness with a prognosis of six months or less.

at Encompass Health Hospice - Pocatello
  • Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases
  • Cancer
  • Comas
  • Dementia
  • Heart disease
  • HIV
  • Liver disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Renal failure
  • Stroke

 

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Who pays for hospice?

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.

We know hospice

  • Our hospice locations are licensed and certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and their respective state regulatory authorities. Operational excellence, compliance and the highest quality of care for patients are our top priorities in hospice care.
  • Our TeamWorks initiative is a multi-disciplinary nationwide effort to identify and share best practices.

Our home health & hospice leadership in Dallas

Barbara Jacobsmeyer
BARB JACOBSMEYER

President and CEO

Barb Jacobsmeyer was named chief executive officer of home health and hospice on June 21, 2021 having previously served as the Company’s executive vice president of operations.

Barb Jacobsmeyer was named chief executive officer of home health and hospice on June 21, 2021 having previously served as the Company’s executive vice president of operations since Dec. 29, 2016. She joined Encompass Health in 2007 as president of Encompass Health’s central region from 2012-2016 and as chief executive officer of the Rehabilitation Hospital of St. Louis, a partnership of BJC HealthCare and Encompass Health, from 2007-2012. Prior to joining Encompass Health, Jacobsmeyer served as chief operating officer for Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from St. Louis University and her master’s degree in health services management from Webster University.

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Cliff Blessing
CLIFF BLESSING

Executive Vice President of Corporate Development

Cliff Blessing is the senior vice president of development of home health & hospice at Encompass Health. 

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.

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Crissy Carlisle
CRISSY CARLISLE

Chief Financial Officer, Home Health & Hospice

Crissy Carlisle was named chief financial officer of Encompass Health’s home health and hospice business segment in June 2021.

Crissy Carlisle was named chief financial officer of Encompass Health’s home health and hospice business segment in June 2021. Carlisle, who previously held the position of the company’s chief investor relations officer since September 2015, also served as Encompass Health’s director of SEC reporting since February 2005 and vice president of financial reporting beginning August 2005. She received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama and her master’s in business administration from Duke University. Prior to joining Encompass Health, Carlisle served as a director within the corporate recovery division of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and additionally as a manager within their audit practice.

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Julie Jolley
JULIE JOLLEY

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 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.

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Chad Knight
CHAD KNIGHT

General Counsel, Home Health & Hospice

Chad Knight serves as general counsel of home health and hospice for Encompass Health.

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.

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Bud Langham
BUD LANGHAM

Executive Vice President Clinical Excellence and Strategy

Bud Langham is the chief strategy & innovation officer of home health and hospice at Encompass Health.

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.

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Dan Peoples
DAN PEOPLES

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. 

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.

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Brenda Riordan
BRENDA RIORDAN

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.

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.

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