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Empath Health and Stratum Health System announced that they have entered into formal discussions to merge the two organizations. This action brings together two integrated networks of care that share a commitment to the preservation of their charitable missions of non-profit hospice, home care, and community-based services. The new organization will care for more than 6,000 people a day.

Empath Health’s integrated care network supports consumers with chronic or advanced illness in greater Tampa Bay. Its family of services includes Suncoast Hospice. Stratum Health System is focused on managing the continuum of care through hospice and home-based care servicing Southwest Florida.

As a result of the merger, the two organizations will develop a comprehensive integration plan, with an intended full integration date of January 2023. Rafael Sciullo, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Empath Health, and Jonathan Fleece, president and CEO of Stratum Health System, will come together and align under the newly formed entity. Mr. Sciullo will serve as the CEO and Fleece will serve as the President of the new organization.

Additionally, the first milestone will be the establishment of the Mission Services Organization (MSO), the first team of professionals brought under the new organization. The MSO will provide shared services across the organization in the most efficient manner and provide a foundation to build integrated care services. This includes, but is not limited to, innovation, technology, finance, human resources, quality, and compliance. It is anticipated that the MSO will launch in 2020.

Empath Health is a leading Tampa Bay, Florida non-profit, integrated network of care that provides expert medical, counseling and support services to individuals facing chronic or advanced illness or grief. Founded in 1977 as Suncoast Hospice and today, the care teams serve hospice, home health, palliative, veteran and pediatric consumers, aging seniors, clients with HIV/AIDS, families and caregivers.

Founded in 2015, Stratum Health System was created as a non-profit integrated health care network to oversee and support the missions of Tidewell Hospice, Approved Home Health, Avidity Home Health, Connexis Medical Services, SCATA Real Estate, and Treasures Thrift Shop. Its foundation is based on the strong reputation, financial strength, and capacity for growth established by Tidewell Hospice since 1980.

This was reported by Empath Health on February 26, 2020.

Contact information: Kelly Allen, Marketing Communications Director, Empath Health, 5771 Roosevelt Boulevard, Clearwater, Florida 33760; 727-674-3690; Website:

Contact information: Timothy Wolfrum, Communications Director, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida 34238; 941-894-1745; Website:

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