New Tidewell Hospice board member, Gary Butler

New Tidewell Hospice board member, Gary Butler

Sarasota – Tidewell Hospice, a member of Empath Health, is pleased to announce the appointment of longtime non-profit executive Gary Butler to the Tidewell Hospice Board of Trustees.

Butler joins the Tidewell board with more than 35 years of executive leadership in non-profit organizations. He currently serves as the executive director of the Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda. Before leading the museum, Butler was the interim executive director of the Charlotte County Family YMCA.

The majority of Butler’s career was spent with the Boy Scouts of America. He retired as chief operating officer of the Boy Scouts national office after a 25-year career with the organization. Butler earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Providence College in Providence, R.I. He is a member of the Charlotte County Tourist Development Council and treasurer of the Punta Gorda Historical Society.

“Tidewell Hospice is honored to welcome Gary Butler to the Board of Trustees,” said Empath Health President and CEO Jonathan Fleece. “His experience in managing large non-profit organizations will be invaluable as Empath Health continues to expand our Full Life Care services.”


About Tidewell Hospice
Tidewell Hospice, a member of Empath Health, is an independent, not-for-profit health provider offering a home-centered, comprehensive system of end-of-life and palliative care for people living with advanced illness and their families throughout Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. Tidewell is accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) with deemed status, signifying excellent care.

About Empath Health
Empath Health is one of the country’s largest not-for-profit health systems 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. 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; physician services; and full-service pharmacy and durable medical equipment (DME). Empath Health is honored to have approximately 26,000 people enrolled in our Full Life Care services in north central, west central and southwest Florida. We have nearly 130 combined 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.