We only employ professional staff dedicated to providing quality patient care. Every applicant comes recommended to us by the medical community and undergoes a personal background check performed by the Virginia State Police. We also verify professional and personal references, as well as prior employment history. All of our staff have backgrounds in end-of-life care and are committed to ensuring our patients and families are treated with the same dignity and compassion we give to our own families. We are so fortunate to have such a committed and passionate team to guide us and to provide our patients with additional support.
Medical Director — Dr. Jonathan Evans
Dr. Jonathan Evans has long been a supporter of hospice and palliative medicine in Central Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia and then attended the Mayo School of Medicine in Rochester, MN. He went on to complete his residency and a Geriatric fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice & Palliative Care. He also is certified in Medical Direction and holds a Masters in Public Health. Dr. Evans returned to Central Virginia, and has since served as the Medical Director of the Geriatric Clinic at JABA, the Medical Director of the Geriatric Inpatient Unit at the University of Virginia, and the Section Chief of the Geriatrics and Palliative Care program at the University of Virginia. He has also been the Medical Director of several local nursing facilities. Dr. Evans is well known as a great teacher, which continues to benefit our staff and our patients and families. In an era of cost cutting we are fortunate to have a physician leader that advocates providing an abundance of services to our patients and families. Dr. Evans leads by example and even provides house calls to our patients at no charge. He is one of the finest Geriatricians in our country, and we are lucky to have him lead our medical team. Dr. Evans lives in Charlottesville with his wife, Dr. Mary Evans, and their three children, Ella, Emily, and Caleb.
Founder — Brad Hunter
Brad Hunter was raised in Virginia and has lived and worked in many states across the country. Mr. Hunter has served in senior management positions in small and large hospice organizations for almost 15 years. He has served as the President, Treasurer, and/or Director of several State hospice organizations. He has also served on the Board of Directors and various committees of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. He and his wife, Cami, returned to Virginia with their children Lucy and Knox to establish Legacy Hospice.
Unfortunately, we are not able to describe every member of our team, but we hope a summary of our staff’s experience will provide you with some comfort that you will be in good hands with Legacy. We only employ Registered Nurses (RNs). While Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) or Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) can be excellent options in some care settings, we believe the expertise of RNs are necessary for quality care for our patients. We encourage our RNs to obtain a special certification in Hospice & Palliative Care. All of our nurses come to us with backgrounds in end-of-life care, whether this is from a hospital setting or another hospice provider. We hire experienced nurses and do not consider applicants that come to us without experience.
We believe to be a great social worker, one must have both appropriate training and substantial experience. Our social workers connect resources and provide emotional and psychosocial support to our patients and families. While appropriate training is a necessity to perform the duties of a social worker, nothing can substitute for years of experience. Therefore, we only employ social workers that have substantial experience dealing with patients and families in end-of-life care settings.
Chaplains encounter a wide range of faiths and spiritual beliefs. Our Chaplains will provide support to our patients and families based on the personal faith and beliefs of the patient and/or family. Our chaplains typically have experience working in a church, which provides a vast array of experience serving the needs of a congregation. This includes supporting members at the end of their life and even overseeing their funeral services. Our chaplains also assist in bereavement counseling provided to our families.
We only employ Certified Nursing Assistants that are licensed by the State of Virginia. Using licensed staff helps ensure quality patient care and our patient’s safety. Our nursing assistants receive continuing education throughout their employment and receive supervisory RN oversight every two weeks.