Two of Palm Beach County’s three hospice organizations are merging — to save money on things like pharmacy, medical equipment and general purchasing power, they say.
Hospice of Palm Beach County and Hospice by the Sea will combine to form a 10-member board under a parent company, Spectrum Health Inc., that will be renamed soon, a statement from the two non-profit organizations said. Each of the hospice programs, however, will maintain their current names, officials said.
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Three hospice organizations have served Palm Beach County for years. Now the two non-profits are combining, Hospice of Palm Beach County and Hospice by the Sea, forming a combined front against for-profit Vitas.
Organization 2012 2011 2010
Hospice of Palm Beach County 6,623 6,501 6,375
Hospice By the Sea 3,584 3,211 3,014
Vitas 7,333 7,215 6,943
Source: Florida Department of Elder Affairs annual reports, http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/hospice.php