Community Owned and Community Grown Since 1986
Cypress Basin Hospice is an established leader in providing end of life care throughout Northeast Texas. Cypress Basin was founded in 1986 by a group of local civic minded individuals who envisioned a community centered organization that supported their friends and families through the difficult last weeks and months of an illness. These founders worked tirelessly to raise the needed funds and spent countless hours researching and then creating the right kind of organization to serve that purpose.
The first patient was admitted into service in 1989 and at the time Cypress Basin Hospice’s initial service area were the four counties with tributaries along the Cypress River – Camp, Franklin, Morris and Titus. Over the years Cypress Basin Hospice has been asked to expand into more counties and today the agency serves fourteen counties through their three offices.
Known for its commitment to quality care, community, education and integrity, Cypress Basin Hospice has met and exceeded the expectations of its original founders. Proud of its “not for profit” status, Cypress Basin Hospice remains true to the vision which led to its development- “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”.
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Cypress Basin Hospice has been committed to delivering the highest quality of care to our patients and their families since 1986. That commitment can be found in the dedication of the staff and the delivery of the services. It can also be found in the agency’s state and federal survey results. These surveys measure an agency’s compliance to rules and regulations developed by the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Delivering quality care means making a commitment to your patients, their families, and the community. Cypress Basin Hospice has made such a commitment by becoming CHAP accredited. CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Program) is similar to the JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) for hospitals and requires its accredited agencies to meet and exceed the standards of care developed by the state and federal government.
The best way to measure an agency’s commitment to quality of care is to get feedback from those we serve. Cypress Basin Hospice subscribes to a national data collection firm whose results of family satisfaction surveys reflect the quality of care we strive to deliver. Below are the results of the most recent national data.
Board members of Cypress Basin Hospice reside within our service area and are active members of the community. They support the continued mission of Cypress Basin Hospice and are committed to their friends and neighbors in need of end-of-life care. Their diverse backgrounds, skill and experiences provide a supportive environment for our staff, volunteers and patient/families; their governance, leadership and oversight is critical to the success of the agency. If you would be interested in learning more about our Board, please contact Read Pearson, Executive Director at 888-429-2966
Tonya Taylor, R. N., President– Mt. Pleasant
Ms. Taylor is a graduate of Northeast Texas Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program in 1991. Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science in Nursing all from University of Phoenix. She is currently working towards her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree. She has enjoyed a varied nursing career in Obstetrics, Gynecology, Women’s Health, Oncology, Administration, Home Care, and Education. She is a member of numerous nursing associations including Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Cypress Basin Hospice provided care for her Grandfather. She knew that this was a special place for her to give back with her time. When she is not teaching or studying, she enjoys cooking for her family, walking and reading. Tonya and her son live with their Yorkies, Jack, Coco, Max, and Rosie.
Nelda Davis, R. N., Past President– Mt. Pleasant
Having had her mother-in-law as one of the first Cypress Basin Hospice patients in 1989, Ms. Davis already knew the impact that hospice has on families and she is thankful for the opportunity to serve on the board. “It takes special people to work the nursing side of hospice and I don’t have that, but I have found a way to serve those ladies and gentlemen who are doing what they are called to do.
Joe Rose, Treasurer – Bogata
Married to Angela Rose for 26 years, Children – Jessica Stansell and her husband, Justin (with my 2 grandsons, Jackson and Judson), Clay Rose and his wife, Camen (just announced 3rd grandchild on the way!) and Dustin Rose. He is Senior Vice President at Guaranty Bank & Trust and has been with the company for 32 years. Graduated with an Accounting Degree from the University of Texas in Arlington, 1984 and continued his education at Southwestern Graduate School of Banking graduating in 1992. He is a Member of First Baptist Church in Bogata, TX, where he serves as Chairman of Deacons and Joe also teaches a young adult Sunday School class. Joe serves as Board President of the Rivercrest ISD Board of Trustees.
Karen Neeley, Secretary– Mt. Pleasant
Karen Neeley is a retired Vice President of bank operations/accounting for Guaranty Bank & Trust. She has chaired the annual Hearts for Hospice Ball since 2001, has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2002 and is active in the Chamber of Commerce. She is married to David Neeley, founding partner of Elliott Auto Group. Their family includes son, Bryan Sheets, his wife Keely, and their three boys, Thomas, Brylan and Keegan. Also, son, Barry Sheets, his wife, Marla, and their three girls, Kenadee, Brynn and Gentry. “After joining the hospice ball committee in 1997, I became more and more interested in the mission of hospice. Since that time, I saw first-hand what a great organization Cypress Basin Hospice is when both my mother and my mother-in-law were in their care.”
James Clark – Naples
Board Member since 1998. James has been an attorney in Texas since 1976.l He obtained his J.D. from University of Houston and an MBA from East Texas State University at Texarkana. He is in private practice in Naples. James has been married for over 30yrs to his wife Valerie. They have one son, Jameson. He is a member of the Belden Masonic Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Clint Davis– Mt. Pleasant
Unlike the sterile, limited access of a hospital room, Hospice opens homes to families, those who care the most when most is needed. “I believe strongly in what hospice is,” said Dr. Clint Davis, who joined the Board of Directors shortly after arriving as the new pastor at the First Baptist Church in 1992.
David Grundish– Pittsburg
While there is compassion in the concept of hospice care, Mr. Grundish’s first-hand experience moved beyond intellectual understanding. “When Cypress Basin Hospice attended Linda’s father I thought again about the importance of the ball that’s one of the annual fundraisers supporting the work of our staff,” Mr. Grundish said. “It’s bigger than attending a patient. It’s about helping families.”
Randy Hazlewood– Winnsboro
Randy and his wife Lorrie of 28 years live in Winnsboro, Texas, where they own two local businesses. Randy has been in the insurance business for 15 years. His primary focus is to educate those who are entering their golden years about Medicare and what the benefits are to them. Randy’s passion is service. His love is Christ, family, church, and people. Randy and Lorrie have three children, Amanda Crabb wife of Jacob Crabb who live in Winnsboro. Courtney Hazlewood of Plano, and Tyler Hazlewood of Dallas. All three children have extended their love of service that they inherited from their dad.
Amy Hinton– Mt. Pleasant
For Cypress Basin Hospice Board Member Amy Hinton, volunteering is second nature. Amy has been a volunteer for Cypress Basin Hospice for 20 years. She was inspired to become a volunteer because of the immense support she felt from hospice when her mother-in-law passed away. She passionately believes that Cypress Basin Hospice emphasizes compassion, dignity, independence and respect. Hinton says, “These are people who are committed to caring for individuals touched by life limiting illnesses, grief and loss. By applying training, experiences and compassion, Cypress Basin Hospice is able to relieve their physical, emotional and spiritual pain.”
Oscar Martinez– Gilmer
Oscar Martinez is a 70 year old Vietnam Veteran that has spent 35 years in law enforcement. In October 2003, he retired from Homeland Security as a Senior Special Agent. Oscar was a Border Patrol agent for 20 years, spent 3 years as a Border Patrol Special Agent investigating Human and Narcotics trafficking, 7 years as a Senior Special Agent investigating organized crime, and 5 years as a Police Sergeant. After retiring, Oscar went to work with a private security company managing detentions facilities in California and Arizona. He is a graduate of Western New Mexico University with a Bachelor of Science. Oscar also served as a Criminal Justice Instructor for El Paso Community College for 3 years and served as a Spanish Instructor for the NTCC Police Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. In addition, Oscar also served a Law Enforcement Professional (LEP) from 2010-2011 training U.S. Military soldiers and Afghanistan Border Police in Afghanistan. Oscar has been married 49 years to his wife Blanca and they have 4 children. 2 sons who are currently serving as ICE agents and 2 daughters, one of which is a school teacher and the other is a contract officer with the U.S. Air Force, and 6 grandchildren. Oscar and Blanca have been living in the Pittsburg/Gilmer area since 2007.
Nancy Morris – Pittsburg
Director of Customer Service, Pilgrim’s Pride Chicken. Board Member since 2008. Nancy and her husband Melvin live in Pittsburg. They have three children, Benjamin, Melissa and Cassey. Benjamin and his family are currently living in Puerto Rico where he is Chief Engineering Officer in the Coast Guard. Melissa lives in Pittsburg with her family and will soon be completing her degree in Teaching. Cassey lives in Colorado where she is Manager of Transportation for Pilgrim’s Pride. Nancy moved to Pittsburg 37yrs ago from California where she grew up with her 5 brothers and sisters. She likes to spend time reading, taking photos of nature and waling. Her favorite times are spent with her family and friends.
Sonya Roberts-Woods – Pittsburg
Sonya Roberts-Woods is the Publisher and CEO of The Tri-County Press and most recently launched Impress, a monthly direct-mail publication which reaches over 30,000 area households every three months. A 1988 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, Woods received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and English from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1991. Woods has worked as a journalism and English teacher for two local school districts and also as a college administrator where she mentored and advised hundreds of additional students. Before starting a career in higher education, she received a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2001. An accomplished writer, Woods also worked as a freelance writer, features editor and managing editor for several print media publications before starting her own media company in 2013. Woods is the daughter of Rev. Kirthell and Gwen Roberts of Mount Pleasant. Married to Randy Woods since 1989, Sonya is the mother of two children, Ashton and Chelsea (mother to grandson Christian Brown) and has one stepdaughter, Jaquina, who is the mother of five children. A member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant where her father has pastored since 1984, Woods, who lives in Pittsburg, serves as Program Coordinator for the non-profit 4th and 1 Football Camp and is a board member for the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce, Titus Regional Medical Center Foundation, and Cypress Basin Hospice.
Paul Meriwether, M. D.- Board Certified in Family Practice- Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Associate Medical Directors
James Gulde, M. D.
Board Certified in Internal Medicine- Sulphur Springs, Texas
Blair Macbeath, M. D.
Board Certified in Internal Medicine- Pittsburg, Texas
Jean LaTortue, M. D.
Board Certified in Hospice & Palliative Care- Mt. Vernon, Texas
Gordon Bertram Strom Jr., M.D.
Board Certified in Internal Medicine-Paris, Texas
The Leadership Team of Cypress Basin Hospice live, work and play in the communities served by the agency. Together they have over 70 years of hospice experience. Their compassion and support of the Cypress Basin Hospice mission have contributed to the organization’s success; their commitment to our patients and their families is what drives that success.
J. Read Pearson, MS, LNHA
Mr. Pearson has over 35 years in health care administration. Prior to Cypress Basin Hospice, he was the Corporate Executive Director for the Crossroads Hospices, President of the Mediplex Continuum of Care Preferred Hospice, and President of the Continuity of Care Companies which included Hospice of Central Oklahoma and Hospice of Norman.
Director of Financial Services
Melinda has enjoyed a career in hospice management for 23 years; first with Hospice of Lubbock, and now with Cypress Basin Hospice for the last 13 years. When I think of my blessings in life, one of those is the opportunity to have worked for two wonderful community owned hospice agencies. Even though I am not providing direct care to the patients and families, I have the privilege of serving them when called to assist with financial matters. I am blessed to work in a Christian environment as part of a team of professionals who provide comfort, care, and compassion during the sacred transition from this life to the next. In my leisure time, I enjoy reading, walking, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.
Ashley Jordan, RN, BSN, CHPN
Ashley was born and raised in Pittsburg, TX and continues to reside there with her husband and three children. She began her nursing career as a LVN serving our local hospital for several years. After experiencing the care of Cypress Basin Hospice with two family members, Ashley began her career in hospice care with Cypress Basin Hospice as a field nurse. She has since furthered her education through Northeast Texas Community College with her ADN/RN degree, and received her BSN degree through Chamberlain College of Nursing. She has a passion for serving her community with excellent hospice care and enjoys educating her staff and community on ways of supporting and caring for their loved ones through hospice care.
Wesley Smith, RN
Assistant Clinical Director
Wes Smith is a Registered Nurse serving as the Assistant Clinical Director at Cypress Basin Hospice. He has served the community with Cypress Basin Hospice since July of 2009 where he started as a Case Manager. He worked as an LVN in both acute care and long term care settings prior to his service at Cypress Basin Hospice.
Cypress Basin Hospice operates two thrift stores offering gently used clothing, household items, furniture, appliances and electronics, books, pictures and more. Donations are always welcome and proceeds from the thrift stores are used to help fund the many programs and services we offer.If you have quality used items that you would like to donate (or you would like to make a difference by volunteering at the Hospice Thrift Store) please stop by or give the stores a call today!
Mount Pleasant, TX
Phone: (903) 572-1898
Tues-Fri 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sat 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Pittsburg TX 75686
Phone: (903) 856-7808
Tues-Fri. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sat 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.