Ascend acquires Puerto Rico’s Grace Hospice

Palliative care provider also has a presence in 7 states

SAN JUAN — Hospice and palliative care provider Ascend, which has offices in seven states, is extending its services across Puerto Rico with the acquisition of San Juan-based Grace Hospice.

The business will operate under its new name, Grace Hospice Puerto Rico, and will provide hospice care to those with terminal diagnoses and palliative care to those suffering chronic pain.

“Our decision to extend our brand of hospice care to Puerto Rico came from a sincere desire to help by providing quality healthcare services on the island,” Anthony Spero, president and CEO of Ascend said in the company’s announcing release. “Our programs are person-centered, so that each and every patient under our care receives services that are supportive, compassionate and meaningful. This holistic and personalized approach will bring comfort to patients, as well as their loved ones.”

Founded in 1995, Ascend describes itself as a non-denominational, multi-cultural hospice and palliative care provider with offices in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Missouri, California and Virginia.

The company provides care for patients in nursing homes, assisted- living facilities, hospitals and private homes.

“Our intention is to cover the entire island, so that anyone who is in need of patient-centered hospice services will have those available to them. Puerto Rico is composed of really tight-knit communities who really care for their own. We believe this acquisition was a perfect match for us,” Pat Chiorello, vice president of communications for the hospice’s parent company, Ascend Health, told Hospice News.

The industry news outlet reports that “most of the Grace Hospice staff is remaining with the company under Ascend’s management, who will continue efforts to recruit new clinical and support staff as the gain scale on the island,” and that “Ascend plans to augment Grace’s current service lines with disease-specific specialty programs designed to care for patients with a cancer diagnosis or heart disease, as well as programs specific to veterans. Grace will also begin offering ancillary services such as aromatherapy and touch therapy.”