Big Bend Hospice has inspired hope for patients and families for more than 35 years, but the compassionate care we provide is only possible through strong community support.

Each day in Franklin County, BBH employees, volunteers and donors work together to provide excellent medical care and support to families experiencing serious illness and grief. These dedicated individuals are your friends and neighbors living in Apalachicola, St. George Island, Eastpoint, Carrabelle, Alligator Point and in every community in between.

People like BBH Medical Director Dr. Nancy Chorba, who has deep ties in Franklin County as a longtime physician, set BBH apart. We are your hometown Hospice, and we need you. As the community relations coordinator, I want BBH to have an even greater impact in Franklin County, and with your help, I know we will.

We are currently seeking Advisory Council volunteers. I encourage you to apply.

Advisory Council volunteers increase awareness of the Hospice mission, provide input on how to meet the community’s needs and help make important decisions. They attend monthly meetings, volunteer for special events and create partnerships with other local organizations.

Advisory Council members help make decisions about the Patient Special Needs Fund, which is available to Hospice families experiencing financial crisis. Most importantly, they play a critical role in bringing hope to patients and families in their darkest hours. We work together to support services including:

Spiritual care
Music therapy
Bereavement support
The Valor Program, which serves veterans at the end of life
Pet Peace of Mind, which helps Hospice patients care for their pets 

We’re also getting the word out about the BBH Transitions program, which serves people who are experiencing a life-limiting illness but are not yet eligible for Hospice care. Staff and volunteers provide case management, companionship, transportation, help with errands, caregiver respite and resource referrals.

Many hospice providers do not offer this wide array of services, but BBH does, thanks to generous community support and the work of trained volunteers.

This is an exciting time to get involved as we’re celebrating 35 years of service. Care to guess how many patients BBH has served during that time? More than 32,000! Each patient received excellent medical care and so much more, thanks to people like you.

I have learned so much about Franklin County and its people since becoming community relations coordinator. BBH is honored to be part of this community. Join us in the important mission of bringing hope to families when they need us most.

If you’d like to join the Franklin County Advisory Council, please contact me today to fill out an application. Our next meeting is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Red Pirate, 236 U.S. 98 in Eastpoint.

Kate Davis is the community relations coordinator for Big Bend. For more information, contact her at 850-878-5310 or For more information about Big Bend Hospice, including Hospice services, visit or call 800-772-5862 to speak to a representative 24 hour a day.