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August 9, 2021 (Jacksonville, Fl.) - Alivia (alleve- ē- uh) Care, Inc. has purchased Better Life Home Health in Summerfield, Florida, expanding the organization’s care solutions to a total of 32 counties in North Florida and Southeast Georgia. With this acquisition, Alivia Care, Inc.’s care solutions now include home health, hospice, palliative care, and PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly). The mission of Alivia Care, Inc. is to provide leadership and support innovative care solutions through best-in-class services, collaborative partnerships, and strategic investments. 

Alivia Care, Inc.’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Susan Ponder-Stansel, an LCSW whose entire career has been devoted to helping people live better. She led Community Hospice & Palliative Care from a movement to a 16-county provider in North Florida that cares for over 1,200 patients and their families daily. More recently, Ponder-Stansel was selected as one of only two new board members appointed to the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). Her vision, and that of Alivia Care, Inc.’s board of directors, is to establish a platform to create transformative care solutions that meet the needs of patients, providers, and communities.


“Our organization is excited about building on and expanding the excellent work of Better Life Home Health, one of only a handful of Five-Star quality-rated Medicare Home Health Agency,” said Ponder-Stansel. “Adding home health to our services is part of our goal of creating a continuum of care so that patients and their families can have the support needed to live well with as much independence as possible. We look forward to serving more residents of the North Central Florida area as we expand our home-delivered services.”

Founded June 1, 2020, Alivia Care, Inc. has quickly expanded its care solution portfolio. The organization was founded by and is the parent of Community Hospice & Palliative Care based in Jacksonville, Florida. Community cares for over 1,200 patients and their families daily in 16 counties in North Florida.

PACE Partners of Northeast Florida, a joint venture between Community Hospice & Palliative Care and Aging True, is the first program of its kind in North Florida and is based in Jacksonville as well. The purchase of Better Life in Summerfield, Florida adds a home health care solution footprint of 16 counties in North Florida. While Alivia Care of Georgia, a Georgia-based non-profit subsidiary of the parent organization was also founded on June 1, 2020. Since its inception, Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick, Georgia, and Hospice Satilla in Waycross, Georgia have become Alivia Care of Georgia affiliates. These quality-driven, community-based, non-profit hospice providers care for patients and families in 11 counties in Southeast Georgia.

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Alivia Care, Inc. is a 501c3 based in Jacksonville, Florida, whose mission is to provide leadership support to create innovative care solutions through best-in-class services, collaborative partnerships, and strategic investments. The strategic intent of Alivia Care, Inc. is to provide a structure that will support the expanded mission and vision of Community Hospice & Palliative Care and prepare it to respond to changes in care delivery and reimbursement for patients living with advanced or chronic illnesses. The structure of Alivia Care was also designed to support additional programs and services beyond hospice care that will fulfill its goal of serving more people in more places, to help them live better with advancing illness. For more information, go to You can also find us on Facebook and LinkedIn.