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Our History….

Friends of Hospice was established as Hospice of Hamblen County in 1987 as the first all volunteer hospice in the Lakeway area. Since that time, it has evolved into a support agency to assist area Medicare-Certified Hospices by providing support to hospice patients and the bereaved in the Lakeway communities.

Senior Woman Talking With Black Doctor In Hospice
Granddaughter And Smiling Senior Woman

The Hospice Philosophy…

Hospice is a philosophy of healthcare for people at the end of life, which seeks not to prolong life unnaturally, but to ensure that in the time left to a person with a life-limiting illness is as full and comfortable as possible. Hospice seeks to enhance the person’s quality of life and to provide support for family and other caregivers.

The goal of hospice care providers is to provide comfort care in the patient’s home or an alternative setting through physical, emotional and spiritual supportive services when aggressive medical treatment is no longer desired or recommended.



A special week-end grief camp held each year in October for children, ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a loved one. The camp provides a fun, safe, and caring environment where children are free to explore feelings and concerns about death and to help them better understand how to deal with loss.

Growing Through Grief

A grief support group offered throughout the year and open to any adult in the community who has experienced a death.

Make Dreams Come True

Helps provide financial assistance for a hospice patient who has a special wish.

Serenity House End-of-Life Care Home

“A Home Away from Home” where hospice patients receive daily attention, personal care and meals by trained staff and volunteers. Each resident is under the care of hospice for their skilled professional care.

Staff, Board Members, & Volunteers

Stephanie Hamill, LCSW

Executive Director

Serenity House Staff

Diane Long, LPN

Resident Care Coordinator/Comfort Care Provider

Charlene M. Heck, MFT INTERN

Admin Assistant, Volunteer Coordinator

Joyce Gay

Comfort Care Provider


Comfort Care Provider



Michelle Toler

Resident Care Advocate

Cherylanne Whitaker

Resident Care Advocate

Kellee Wright

Comfort Care Provider

Friends of Hospice Board of Directors

Jill Bruce


Judy Altom


Allison Giles


Ginger Cain

Chris Capps

Brooke Cornett

Pamela Jinks

Whitney McGuffin

Marilyn Medley

Laura Murrell

Kelli Rosenbaum

Janice Snider

Robert Vick

Annie Wing

Lifetime Board Members

Al A’Hearn

Jose Amador, MD

Byron Chambers

Phyllis Hime

Sandy Johnson


Anne Beach

Rebekah Bern

Gerri Carpus

Chanel Dulaney

Kimberley Gardner

George and Lena Giles

Robbie Glover


Kelsi Heck

Phyllis Hime

Barbara Keown

Wayne Lucas

Jewell Ottinger

Sandy Payne

Terry Rust

Sue Scott

Denise Shockley

Allison Soule

Karen Steensgard

April Wathen

Brandon Whitaker


Gene Whitaker

Edward & Annie Wing

Our Partners