Longtime Hernando-Pasco Hospice director to retire next month

BROOKSVILLE — The head of Hernando-Pasco Hospice for the past 22 years is stepping down next month, the organization announced Friday. But that doesn't mean the hospice will be without a familiar face.

Tom Barb, the former Brooksville Regional Hospital chief executive officer, will replace the retiring Rod Taylor on July 14.

Barb left Brooksville Regional in May 2007 to take the same position at St. Cloud Regional Medical Center.

"I just think he's a dynamite choice," Taylor said of his successor. "It's a good fit." Barb has worked on the HPH board of directors since 2006.

The hospice takes care of terminally ill patients who are diagnosed with less than one year to live.

Taylor is credited with overseeing huge growth in the hospice. When he took over as chief executive officer in 1986, the organization cared for about 25 patients each day. Now, it cares for about 1,100 each day.

Taylor estimates HPH has treated more than 50,000 patients since it opened in 1982. "It's been a good 22 years," Taylor said. "I think the hospice and I have fit well together."

The Hudson-based organization serves patients in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

Taylor, who worked with the board of directors to find his replacement, said he's been considering retirement for the past couple of years. Now that it's here, he just needs to figure out what to do with all the new time he will have.

Michael Sanserino can be reached at msanserino@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1430.

Longtime Hernando-Pasco Hospice director to retire next month 06/06/08 [Last modified: Friday, June 6, 2008 8:16pm]

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