Clearwater & Sarasota – Empath Health is pleased to announce Rhonda Sanders as its Chief Mission Access Officer, a senior-level position charged with helping Empath grow as a customer-driven organization and sparking growth in consumers, payors and referral sources for each service line.

The Chief Mission Access Officer serves the not-for-profit created by the merger of Empath Health and Stratum Health System. The full life care provider serving Tampa Bay and southwest Florida provides care and support for those with chronic and advanced illnesses and/or those dealing with grief.

Sanders has more than 18 years of experience in regional and senior sales leadership in the hospice and home care field. A seasoned executive in healthcare operations, business development and sales, she has succeeded in leading growth strategies for providers serving large, multi-state regions. Most recently, Sanders served as Vice President of Business Development for Amedisys Home Health, Central Region, in Lubbock, Texas. She also served as Area Vice President of Sales/Operation for Kindred at Home in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma. Sanders earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University.

Sanders’s skills in leading and working collaboratively within multi-site, multi-state organizations will increase Empath’s capacity to make full life care a reality for even more people in the communities Empath serves.

Empath Health CEO Rafael J. Sciullo said, “For us to be successful in redefining healthcare as Full Life Care for all, we know we need bold and innovative approaches to creating access to services. After a wide and deliberate search, we are confident that we have found just the right person to create that strategy and lead us forward in achieving that vision.”

“Rhonda’s approach to leadership demonstrates her focus on patient experience, colleague development and retention, as well as her ability to create partnerships and collaborations that ensure patients have access to a continuum of care,” said Jonathan Fleece, President of Empath Health.


About Empath Health

Empath Health is the country’s largest not-for-profit health system delivering non-acute care and services through its skilled, medical and holistic programs to individuals with chronic, advanced and terminal illnesses and those experiencing grief. We were created in 2021 through the merger of two leading nonprofit, integrated networks of care: Empath Health, serving the Tampa Bay region and Stratum Health System, serving Southwest Florida. The Empath Health integrated network of care provides expert medical, counseling and support services including hospice; home health; palliative care; grief services; all-inclusive elder care; HIV/STI prevention, services and support; primary care; and physician services. Empath Health serves more than 12,000 people a day, creating a bridge between chronic, advanced and terminal care and providing seamless integration based on individual needs. Collectively, we have nearly 90 years of experience serving individuals during some of their most vulnerable times. Our wide variety of community-based programs reflects our commitment to the preservation of our charitable mission.