Hospice of St. Francis – Brevard’s first and only independent non-profit hospice – was started in 1977. Emilie Sasko, R.N., created Hospice of St. Francis because of the need she saw for higher levels of care, understanding and compassion for patients nearing the end of their lives. Local, independent and non-profit, Hospice of St. Francis was licensed in 1990 as a provider of services for Medicare and Medicaid patients.
The hospice has grown from our early days as a volunteer-only provider to today having a professional staff of over 100 and dozens of dedicated, highly trained and experienced volunteers.
Hospice of St. Francis’s medical director, Dr. Elizabeth Galfo, is board-certified in Family Medicine, Geriatrics and Hospice & Palliative Care. She and our two other full-time Hospice of St. Francis physicians focus on patient care, comfort, and dignity.
Our purpose throughout our history: serving Brevard’s terminally ill residents with compassionate, quality care and giving support to their loved ones.