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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Director of Business Development

Jesse Watson

I have over 20 years of education 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 that is 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 encouragements: 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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Our Social Worker

Part of our team approach includes the services of a licensed social worker. Social workers are especially knowledgeable about insurance, financial aid programs, and other community services that can prove invaluable when caring for a seriously ill family member. In addition, they have training to help you, your loved one, or other family members cope with difficult emotional issues that often come up in the context of serious illness.

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Our 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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Our Volunteers

Our hospice is blessed with kind and caring members of the community who have participated in our volunteer training program. Frequently they have cared for a seriously ill friend or relative, so they know what you are going through. They can offer a sympathetic ear, lend a hand with daily tasks, and provide an opportunity for the person you care for to visit with someone new. Many of our volunteers are trained in the art of life reminiscence. Patients often find it helpful to reflect upon their past and acknowledge achievements and perhaps even regrets. Talking with a virtual stranger, someone who has no history with the patient’s family and without judgment, can be a very meaningful experience. Even if the patient spends all of his or her time sleeping, a volunteer affords family caregivers a few hours to get out of the house and take a much needed break.

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