Chief Hospice Officer

Kerry Hoerner RN, BSN, CHPN is the Chief Hospice Officer for Suncoast Hospice and Suncoast Hospice of Hillsborough, members of Empath Health. She is responsible for the clinical operations of the two hospices. Most recently Hoerner was Director of Care Navigation for Suncoast Hospice. Earlier as Care Center Manager of the Suncoast Hospice South Pinellas Care Center she was recognized by her co-workers for her innovation and dedication to life-changing care as winner of the 2019 Empath Health Catalyst Award for Pioneering Heart.

Executive Director  

Alicia Cato, BSN, RN, CHC is the Executive Director for Suncoast Hospice of Hillsborough, a member of Empath Health. She has been a clinician in the hospice industry for 15 years and has held several positions as a direct care clinician and advocate for hospice care. Alicia’s more recent roles include Director of Clinical Services and Chief Compliance officer for local hospices. She received her certification in health care compliance.

Board of Directors

Michael Gaines, Chair
Joyce Cotton, Vice Chair
Maria Pinzon, Secretary
Debra Dobbs, PhD
Mary Jean Etten, EdD
Christine Long
Michael Ruppal
Jonathan D. Fleece, President and CEO