Joseph Killian Selected New Hospice of St. Francis CEO

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BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA –  Joseph Killian has been chosen by the board of Hospice of St. Francis to become the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, effective Dec. 1, 2014. Until this appointment Killian was the CEO of Hospice of Southwest Ohio in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Joseph Killian has been chosen by the board of Hospice of St. Francis to become the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. (Image for
Joseph Killian has been chosen by the board of Hospice of St. Francis to become the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. (Image for

As CEO, Killian will be responsible for the direction and implementation of all hospice services, ensuring quality patient care while maintaining financial viability.

Established in 1977, Hospice of St. Francis is Brevard County’s longest-serving and only independent not-for-profit hospice.

With locations at 1250 Grumman Place in Titusville and 4875 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne, the hospice exists to provide compassionate, quality care for the terminally ill, support for loved ones and resources for community members faced with end-of-life issues throughout Brevard.

Tony Hurt
Tony Hurt

“Killian is an experienced senior hospice executive with a record of achievement distinguished by a strong strategic vision,” said Tony Hurt, board chairman for Hospice of St. Francis.

“He impressed us with his exceptional relationship-building skills and his proven ability to run a complex organization effectively.”

Killian’s work history contains several executive positions in Cincinnati, including company ownership in Benefit Plans Risk Management, Inc.; COO of S & S Healthcare Strategies; Director of Geriatric Services & Operations for the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati (a six hospital health system); General Manager of VITAS innovative Hospice Care and the CEO of Hospice of Southwest Ohio.

During his tenure at various organizations in Cincinnati, Killian:

• Successfully led a major hospice regional office and increased the program by more than 600 patients
• Developed Southwest Ohio’s first non-hospice palliative care program with more than 1,000 patients in Southwest Ohio
• Developed the first geriatric house call program utilizing physicians and nurse practitioners for a six hospital healthcare system.
• Developed telemedicine program for hospice patients suffering from congestive heart failure.
• Developed the first robotic program and improved patient care provided at the In Patient Unit.

“We have found Killian to be a strong, ‘hands-on’ leader,” said Kim Rodriguez, a member of the board of directors for Hospice of St. Francis.

Kim Rodriguez
Kim Rodriguez

“He communicates well across managerial, staff and functional lines. And he has strong financial and analytical skills with the ability to make the decisions that will help move our organization forward.

“Killian brings the skills needed to be an effective CEO for Hospice of St. Francis. And he understands how important it is for our Brevard residents to have a locally-owned, not-for-profit option for hospice care. That independence allows our people to make decisions from the heart because it is what is right for the patient. The board is confident that Joseph Killian will continue this long tradition at Hospice of St. Francis.”

For information about St.Hospice of St. Francis call 866-269-4240 or e-mail