Family Hospice & Palliative Care CEO Tapped by Nation’s Top Hospice

Updated on June 24, 2013

The board of directors, management team, staff and volunteers of Family Hospice & Palliative Care proudly congratulate its President and CEO Rafael Sciullo on being tapped by Clearwater, Florida-based Suncoast Hospice, the nation’s largest not-for-profit hospice program, to become its new President & CEO, beginning February 2013. Sciullo has been CEO of Family Hospice & Palliative Care since 2001.

Commenting on his new assignment, Sciullo said, “This is a bittersweet moment for me as I’ve had the opportunity to lead what many of my peers believe to be one of the best hospice programs in the business. I am eternally grateful to our entire staff, to our tremendous volunteers and to our community-focused board of directors, for their service, support and encouragement during my years here. I will truly miss this place, these people and Pittsburgh.”

“We are very proud of Family Hospice’s growth and development under Rafael’s leadership, we congratulate him on this new opportunity and acknowledge his vision, innovation and compassion that has made Family Hospice & Palliative Care one of the country’s leading hospice programs,” said Bob Butter, chair of Family Hospice’s Board of Directors. “We wish him the very best, and thank him and the entire management team, staff and volunteers at Family Hospice for creating a standard of compassionate care and an organization dedicated to excellence in end of life care.”

National Search for Successor

Mobilizing its succession plan, Family Hospice’s Board of Directors anticipates naming an interim CEO during a leadership transition period that begins at the end of January and until a permanent CEO is named. A national search will be conducted for the position of President & CEO at Family Hospice & Palliative Care.

Sciullo will leave his post at Family Hospice at the end of January 2013.

A native of Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood, Sciullo joined Family Hospice in 2001, and along with his team, spent the past decade transforming the organization from a South Hills entity to one of the leading hospice providers in Pennsylvania, currently serving patients in nine counties. Today the community-based, independent hospice provides a continuum of care to 3,900 patients and their families annually. It has five office locations staffed by 277 employees and 460 volunteers.

During his tenure, Sciullo’s vision pioneered corporate participant relationships with leading healthcare providers and organizations, including Presbyterian SeniorCare, UPMC, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, St. Clair Hospital and Grove City Medical Center.

He cultivated an outstanding management team and process enabling the development of 19 programs for patients and their families, including the opening of The Center for Compassionate Care in Mt. Lebanon, a 12-bedroom inpatient unit for end-of-life patients and their families; a second inpatient unit opened earlier this year at Canterbury Place in Lawrenceville.

Sciullo is a past president and chairperson of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and recipient of that organization’s Founder Award.

About Family Hospice & Palliative Care

A winner of the American Hospital Association’s Circle of Life award for innovative care programming, Family Hospice and Palliative Care has been providing compassionate care to our area since 1980. As Pennsylvania’s largest hospice provider, Family Hospice serves nine counties in Western Pennsylvania, helping patients make choices about their care, supporting family and friends who are grieving and educating both professionals and the community about end-of-life issues.

Family Hospice is accredited by The Joint Commission for meeting specific high-level performance standards and recognized nationally as a pioneer in programs such as Caregiver Training. Through a commitment to quality services, Family Hospice provides a complete continuum of care to patients and families. More information at and

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