I started my career in the healthcare industry as an investor. During this time I completed a variety of transactions, but the purchase of Tender Loving Care Healthcare Services (TLC), a leading home health and hospice company, was instrumental in pointing me down the path to co-founding Halcyon Healthcare. We grew TLC through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions, and eventually sold it successfully to Amedisys. Through my experience with TLC, I gained a deep appreciation of the value that hospice and home health provides patients, as well as the hard work required by our caregivers to consistently deliver excellent service to our patients and referral partners. And in that spirit, Dan Kohl and I co-founded Halcyon in 2010 with the goal of providing excellent customer service and the best patient experience in the Southeast.
Hospice was an easy choice for me. While Dan and I share an intense professional belief in the tremendous opportunity for improvement in our industry, hospice is also of personal interest to me. In 2005, my middle daughter, Caroline, was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder. Her prognosis was grim. Caroline’s health deteriorated quickly and within weeks my wife and I no longer could care for her without assistance. I am forever indebted to the compassionate hospice nurse, Bonnie, who provided support and administered the many medicines Caroline needed to live her last few weeks comfortably and, ultimately, to pass peacefully. Bonnie was kind to us and truly was the rock in our family during the most difficult time in my life.
Our vision for Halcyon is to provide the same outstanding care and support that Caroline and my family experienced during her illness. My first-hand experience with hospice reminds me every day that excellent care is Halcyon’s number one goal. It is no accident that I have a business partner in Dan who shares these core values and vision. We are both excited about the future and believe Halcyon will ultimately become a model in the industry, with employees who strive for excellence and patients who are confident our service is superior to that of our competitors.
The future at Halcyon Hospice is bright. Thanks for stopping by.