Our Staff

At Solace Hospice we make it a point to hire individuals who not only meet high professional standards, but who are also gentle and compassionate. They all have special training for working with the seriously ill and understand that our care extends beyond the client to his or her family members as well.

Caring for the seriously ill involves more than just the physical aspect. We recognize that this is a time of deep emotional and spiritual significance for everyone involved. Therefore, we work as a team, with a medical staff, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers. Everyone contributes their expertise so we can deliver a plan of care that is responsive to the needs of each individual and his or her family.

CEO

Thomas Fedzin

Solace Hospice was founded in 2015. The founder of the company believed that hospice care had changed over the years and that the industry needed a shake up. The founder went through hospice first hand on a few different occasions, and that fueled his passion for the industry.  I have had years of healthcare experience, as I have owned multiple residential assisted living facilities.  My mission is to serve and provide exceptional care for the elderly at end of life. I have had the honor of caring and serving the elderly since 1999. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with many different hospice organizations and I observed what was missing in hospice care.

Solace Hospice was started with the intention of being different by bringing excellence in care to the patients, families and the community we serve. Our team is a carefully selected team of healthcare professionals with a passion for end of life care. Our team has a sense of mission to bring love, comfort, and relief to families and to treat patients with dignity, compassion and love with complete competence. We believe our patients deserve the best possible care. Solace hospice is about making every moment count.                                                                                         

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Medical Director

Dr. Smita Patil

I am a board certified internist practicing in Phoenix, Arizona. Working as an internist for close to a decade, I have witnessed firsthand the importance of good transition to end of life care. It was this that propelled me to get involved with hospice care. Being part of hospice allows me to continue a broad spectrum of medicine that I desire to practice. I try to ensure along with our team that near the end of life, our patients are treated with the utmost dignity and respect.

Hospice patients can remain under the care of their primary physician, if they desire and if the physician agrees to follow the patients’ care.  If the primary care physician does not follow the patients’ care our medical director will take over the care of the patient.

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Executive Director

Maggie Welsh, BSN, RN

I have over 25 years of hospice experience. I began my career as a nurse executive in an acute care hospital setting before following my heart to hospice management. I have found that the hospice philosophy aligns well with my own personal views on end of life care and strive for people to experience this time with dignity and comfort. My goal is to not only help patients have a good experience, but to also ensure that their family’s needs are met during and after our services. My passion is communicating with purpose and helping patients and families feel supported by our team.

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Director of Social Services and Staff Development

Brian Grgurich, MSW, MPA, CPHQ

I have over 20 years of healthcare experience, most of which has been in skilled nursing facilities.  After years of advocating for patients to utilize hospice in that environment, I decided to join the effort first-hand to educate and support our community on this amazing and life-changing benefit.  My passion is helping people understand how hospice services maximize their quality of life and providers to understand why initiating service early is so important.  My goal each day is to make a positive impact on someone’s life, whether it is a patient, family, provider or colleague who needs further education and support.

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Director of Business Development

Jesse Watson

I have over 20 years of educating and speaking experience with a personal focus on redefining hospice education. My passion for hospice came with the passing of my grandmother where I was able to see first hand just how beneficial this wonderful end of life care model was so valuable. My goal is to educate our community that hospice is a time of celebrating life. I believe Solace Hospice is the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life limiting illness.  I take great joy in helping families and their terminally ill loved ones feel comfortable with the end of life process whether through educating, sitting and sharing memories, making wishes happen or simply praying with them. My hope each day is to be purposeful in making a difference in someones’s life by bringing positivity and encouragement: leaving each person better than when I found them.

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Our Nurses

Every patient receives 2 home visits per week from a nurse, unless patient, family and/or caregiver request otherwise. Our nurses develop close relationships with patients and families and work with the physician to bring about the best possible outcomes for our patients. They learn about your concerns and are quick to respond to questions and symptoms. We also have a nurse on call by telephone 24 hours a day to address from an emergencies or a simple question.

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Our Certified Nurses Aides

There’s nothing like a bath or shower to boost one’s sense of wellbeing! Our nurses’ aides come to the home and even if your loved one is unable to leave the bed, they will give him or her a sponge bath, shampoo, shave, help with makeup, put on fresh clothes, change the sheets, etc. Their cheerful presence often provides relief for family caregivers as well as for the patient.

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Chaplain

Rex Reeves

I am a non-denominational minister who has been pastoring in Phoenix for 34 years.  I have worked as a Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator for 10 years. I focus on music ministry with patients and honoring Veterans. I have been married for 29 years and have 5 children, 3 step sons and 9 grandchildren who help sing with our patients.

Many people experience a crisis of faith during the course of a serious illness. Even family members find themselves facing tough ethical and spiritual questions. Rex is especially skilled at helping people look within and find their own answers. Chaplains do not push any one religion. They simply have experience helping people find their own sense of meaning and purpose in a situation that may bring up strong feelings and challenge deeply held beliefs.

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Volunteer Coordinator

Leslie Reeves, MA

I have been an invested volunteer for most of my adult life; as a short-term missions leader in Mexico and Belize, a homeless outreach organizer, a breast cancer awareness teacher for Somali immigrants, a listener for nursing home residents recalling their life stories, and as a volunteer for two local hospices.  By far, the work of helping terminally ill patients and their families make their final journey together has been the most satisfying of my volunteer commitments.  The smallest, most ordinary gifts of time and resources have the potential for transforming a gloomy, stressful time of waiting into a meaningful retreat marked by rekindled relationships, peace and hope.  I strive to provide others with opportunities such as I have experienced as a hospice volunteer, and to attract partners from the community to bring people together to provide a richer sojourn for patients and their families.

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