Suncoast Hospice Pinellas

President & 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.  He is working on new initiatives to be announced prior to the end of 2014.       
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 president and chairperson 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.  

Suncoast Hospice Care Centers

Suncoast Hospice has three care centers located throughout Pinellas County.
Our care centers are designed for the comfort of patients and families.


Hear stories from those we serve every day and the lives that have been touched and healed by Suncoast Hospice programs.
Suncoast Hospice Pediatric Palliative Care Pinellas County

The Servo family wished to give their sweet-loving baby boy Owen the best care and quality of life at home. Owen suffered from a rare, terminal genetic condition, and they brought him home from the hospital but needed help.


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Suncoast Hospice and its family of programs President & CEO Rafael J. Sciullo shares exciting news about the creation of Empath Health in the Tampa Bay Times.

To bring awareness to their vast array of programs and further support more families in the community, Suncoast Hospice and its family of programs have created Empath Health, an integrated network of care.