Comfort Bridge is Now Care Synergy

Name Change Reflects New Opportunities to Expand Advanced End-of-Life Care

Comfort Bridge is changing its name to Care Synergy to convey the strength of the three-member organization of not-for-profit, mission-driven hospice and palliative care providers that have united to create a care delivery model that is better and more efficient than any single provider could build.

Care Synergy is the support organization that brings together three premier not-for-profit, end-of-life care providers: Pathways Hospice in Fort Collins, The Denver Hospice, and Halcyon Hospice and Palliative Care in Mead. The name change was announced by the Care Synergy Board of Directors, which has been newly formed to include members who are leaders from each of the communities the three organizations serve.

“The board believes the name Care Synergy better reflects our collective efforts as community-based organizations to serve more Coloradans along the Front Range,” said Jim Burke, board chairman. “Care Synergy expresses our commitment to share best practices across our member organizations while continuing to respond to the constant change we’re seeing throughout healthcare.”

Care Synergy’s operating model will enable its member providers to grow to meet the community’s needs for quality, compassionate end-of-life care. There is strength in being allied with other not-for-profit, end-of-life care providers, and that strength translates into more and better care delivery, Burke explained.

“While our name is changing, what doesn’t change is our mission,” said Tim Bowen, President and CEO of Care Synergy. “That mission is to provide support services to our member organizations so that they can focus on delivering the best care available to more Coloradans along the Front Range.”

Under the Care Synergy operating model, each of the member organizations will continue to operate as distinct and independent not-for-profit hospice and palliative care providers, maintaining its trusted local identity and its local governance structure.

“As Care Synergy grows and develops,” Bowen added, “we hope that other community-based hospice providers will look to our model of combining administrative, market and organizational synergies with preservation of local identity, ownership and control as a viable solution to ensure the long-term sustainability and success of not-for-profit mission driven hospice and palliative care organizations.”

Three premier affiliate organizations comprise Care Synergy:

The Denver Hospice has been the leader in hospice and palliative care in the nine-county metro Denver area since 1978. The Denver Hospice offers a range of services to Coloradoans in keeping with its mission to encircle those facing advanced illness with unprecedented levels of comfort, compassion and expertise.

Pathways Hospice, which has served Fort Collins since 1978, provides care for those navigating the last months of life and support programs for their families. Pathways Hospice serves individuals living in Larimer and Weld Counties, including Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and Windsor.

Halcyon Hospice & Palliative Care provides patient centered care along the Front Range. Halcyon Hospice is committed to a standard of excellence in providing sensitive, patient-centered care to patients facing serious or life-limiting illnesses and their families.