Register TODAY for ELNEC Training

This End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) is a structured teaching conference for nurses who attend to Veterans with life-limiting illnesses.  Not only does it teach crucial pain and symptom management for patients with serious diseases, it also incorporates the psychosocial, bereavement and emotional support for Veterans and their families.  Attendees will receive didactic, as well as presentations, video and problem solving scenarios with each session. 


This ELNEC Training is being offered by the Tennessee Hospice Organization in partnership 
with the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Axis Medical Education and the Tennessee Hospital Association.

Project is a national end-of-life educational program administered by City of Hope (COH)
 and the American Association of Colleges for Nursing (AACN) designed to enhance palliative care in nursing.

Announcement - Action Requested

Call for Presentations - THO Fall Conference
We invite industry professionals to submit an application to present at the THO Fall Conference Nov. 16-17.  Presentations should be able to share best practices and emerging issues that are applicable for hospice and palliative care professionals.  Click here for the application.  All completed applications should be sent to Adrienne Nordman by Friday, June 2.

Introducing Julie Payne

Introducing the 2017-2018 
THO Board President, Julie Payne

Julie Payne RN, BS, CHPN is the 2017-2018 THO Board President and the Chief Operations Officer (COO) at Hospice of Chattanooga (HOC).

Mrs. Payne has been a part of the HOC team since March 2000, where she joined as the Clinical Team Leader over East area, including the Admissions team and the Pediatric Team. Since then she has held positions such as Chief Nursing Officer (2005) and Chief Clinical Officer (2013) before being appointed to her current role as COO. 

During her tenure at HOC, she completed a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Organizational Management at Covenant College.  She also completed the Hospice and Palliative Care Certification (2006), the MVI Clinical Leader program and the MVI Hospice Administrator program.  HOC was able to achieve their first CHAP accreditation (2002) under Payne's leadership, and she is currently leading HOC in attaining the JCAHO Accreditation (2016), as well.

Julie stated, "As we look into the future of hospice services, we will face many obstacles, but I am confident if we stay on the cutting edge of change we will be very successful.  I am very proud to serve as the Board President of the Tennessee Hospice Organization and hope to help assist our state hospice organizations with current and future needs, education development and ensure that all those eligible for Hospice services have the opportunity for access.”