President and CEO

Rafael J. Sciullo assumed his role as president and CEO of Empath Health in early February, 2013. In the time since he became the organization’s leader, he has refocused its inpatient care centers, expanded its home health program, overseen growth in the Suncoast PACE program and developed new partnerships with other health care and community organizations.

Sciullo blends his propensity for attention to detail and fiscal soundness with heartfelt empathy and concern for patients and families. “There is no more important job humans can do for one another than caring for patients at the end of life,” he says. He believes in staying close to patients and families to know firsthand what’s important to them and understand their needs. He stresses the significance of focus on patients and families with his leadership team and staff. His leadership style may be defined as open and transparent.

As a past chairperson and current board member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and a recipient of NHPCO’s Founder Award, Sciullo is recognized nationally as a trendsetter in his field. He is a member of Hospice Executive Round Table, a group of hospice leaders who engage in ideas exchange and study ways to advance and enhance hospice care in the United States. Sciullo holds three master’s degrees and was educated at Duns Scotus College, Southfield, Mich, University of San Diego and University of Connecticut.

Empath Health Senior Leadership

Cathi Carr
VP, Care Support Services

Cathi oversees Durable Medical Equipment (DME); Infusion Services; Pharmacy; and Medical Equipment and Supplies

Cathi CarrVP, Care Support Services

Cathi oversees Durable Medical Equipment (DME); Infusion Services; Pharmacy; and Medical Equipment and Supplies

Wade Childress, SPHR
VP, Operations and Human Resources

Wade oversees Human Resources; Center for Learning; and Facilities

Wade Childress, SPHRVP, Operations and Human Resources

Wade oversees Human Resources; Center for Learning; and Facilities

Lynne C. Craver
VP, Care Navigation and IT

Lynne oversees Admissions; Intake; Switchboard; IT; Community and Professional Relations; Home Health; and Private Duty

Lynne C. CraverVP, Care Navigation and IT

Lynne oversees Admissions; Intake; Switchboard; IT; Community and Professional Relations; Home Health; and Private Duty

Lawrence Kay, MD, FAAFP
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Kay oversees all medical programs throughout Empath Health, provides clinical strategic directions and manages all physicians.

Lawrence Kay, MD, FAAFPChief Medical Officer

Dr. Kay oversees all medical programs throughout Empath Health, provides clinical strategic directions and manages all physicians.

Scott Kistler, MHA
VP, Strategy and Business Development

Scott oversees Strategic Planning; Business Development; Palliative Care Consultation Services; Public Policy; Marketing Communications; and the Suncoast Hospice Institute

Scott Kistler, MHAVP, Strategy and Business Development

Scott oversees Strategic Planning; Business Development; Palliative Care Consultation Services; Public Policy; Marketing Communications; and the Suncoast Hospice Institute

Stacy Orloff, EdD, LCSW, ACHP-SW
VP, Innovation and Community Health

Stacy oversees ASAP; PACE; Empath Choices for Care; Community Counseling; Pediatric Services; and Population Health

Stacy Orloff, EdD, LCSW, ACHP-SWVP, Innovation and Community Health

Stacy oversees ASAP; PACE; Empath Choices for Care; Community Counseling; Pediatric Services; and Population Health

Marci Pruitt, RN, BSN
VP, Hospice

Marci oversees Patient Care Teams; Crisis Care; Inpatient Care Centers; Supplemental Staffing; Integrative Medicine Clinic; and Bereavement, Social Work, Spiritual Care and Volunteer Services

Marci Pruitt, RN, BSNVP, Hospice

Marci oversees Patient Care Teams; Crisis Care; Inpatient Care Centers; Supplemental Staffing; Integrative Medicine Clinic; and Bereavement, Social Work, Spiritual Care and Volunteer Services

Kathy Rabon, CFRE, CFRM
Executive Director, Suncoast Hospice Foundation

Kathy oversees Fundraising; Resale Stores; Planned Giving; Endowment; Grants; and Special Events

Kathy Rabon, CFRE, CFRMExecutive Director, Suncoast Hospice Foundation

Kathy oversees Fundraising; Resale Stores; Planned Giving; Endowment; Grants; and Special Events

Empath Health Board Members

Kelli Hanley Crabb, Chair
Ben Hayes, Vice Chair
Chad Whetstone, Treasurer
Linda Plaster, Secretary
Michael Gaines, Past Chair
Patrick Barmore
Mary Jean Etten
Rafael J. Sciullo