FHPCA Recognized Representative Charlie Stone for Championing Hospice and Palliative Care


OCALA, Fla. /PRNewswire/ -- On October 11, in conjunction with Hospice of Marion County's "Uptown Hoedown" Gala and fundraiser, Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association presented Rep. Charlie Stone (R), Ocala, with a "2018 Hospice Champion Award."

Rep. Charlie Stone (FL-22nd District) received the Hospice Champion award from Paul A. Ledford, President and CEO, Florida Hospices & Palliative Care Association. Hospice of Marion County CEO Mary Ellen Poe joined in the presentation at the Uptown Hoedown gala fundraiser event in Ocala on October 18, 2018.

The event took place in Marion County's Southeastern Livestock Pavilion.  FHPCA President and CEO, Paul A. Ledford, recognized Rep. Stone's role as a strong advocate for hospice and palliative care during the 2018 Legislative Session. He told the crowd, "When Rep. Stone was presenting the FHPCA Palliative Care bill this session, members from both sides of the aisle spoke about his reputation and character, and given the partisan environment at the Capitol, that is certainly high recognition." 

During the 2018 Legislative Session, Stone sponsored FHPCA's Palliative Care bill and worked to support Hospice Certificate of Need (CON) in Florida.  

Hospice of Marion County CEO, Mary Ellen Poe, expressed her gratitude to both Charlie and Michelle Stone for their dedication to end-of-life care, and added, "His testimony in committee regarding the importance of Certificate of Need in the current hospice environment played a significant role in preserving CON. From his own personal experience with hospice care, Rep. Stone was an eloquent proponent of the benefits of the larger scope of care hospice can provide due to the CON."  

Rep. Charlie Stone has a long history of public service dating back to 2004, serving twice as Marion County Commission, Chair, 2004-2012.

"Charlie Stone comes to Tallahassee, and resolutely focuses upon the values and principles that got him there - his 'yes' continues to mean 'yes,' and his 'no' continues to mean 'no'," said Ledford in closing. 

Representative Stone's, 22nd District includes Levy County and part of Marion County.  Hospice of Marion County and Kindred Hospice provide hospice services in Marion County.

FHPCA will strive to make Florida the model state for hospice and palliative care services, provide high-value education, empower patients and caregivers seeking services, and resolutely advocate for quality hospice & palliative care.

About Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association:

Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association (FHPCA) is a not-for-profit, IRS Section 501(c)(3) organization representing Florida's hospice programs. Established in 1982, FHPCA was formed to be a unified voice for hospice programs in Florida. 

Looking for a hospice provider in Florida? Visit www.LetHospiceHelp.org to find a program near you. 

Hospice Helpline: 800.282.6560 


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