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Who We Are

Appl Orchard Hospice is a local physician-owned type of palliative care for terminally ill patients and support for their families. Hospice focuses on controlling pain and symptoms and is generally provided at the patient’s home, but it can be a separate residence or part of a nursing home.

Appl Orchard Hospice is affiliated with Aquinas Carondelet Home Health, Spectrum Home Health, and Sunshine Home Health Services. Appl Orchard Hospice is a Joint Commission accredited agency that provides hospice service. The mission of Appl Orchard Hospice is to provide compassionate, quality comfort care that enhances the lives of people with life-limiting illness and their families.

Our vision is to be an integral part of the community and be recognized as experts in hospice and palliative care by providing excellent, compassionate patient care; community education; and bereavement services fostering a new cultural attitude to health, comfort care, and quality of life at the end of life’s journey.

Photo of Keith and Marilyn Appl smiling.

Keith and Marilyn Appl

Our Services

Our professional and dedicated team brings peace of mind and care for your loved ones and their families to you at home. Let Appl Orchard Hospice provide your loved one’s medical, social, and spiritual support, so you can enjoy valuable quality time with your loved one.

Appl Orchard Hospice provides these medically supervised services to the patient wherever they call home. Hospice is 100% covered by Medicare/Medicaid for all eligible patients. Most commercial insurance plans have a hospice benefit.

  • Medical Directors
  • Skilled Nurses
  • Certified Home Health Aides (CNA)
  • Medical Social Worker services and assistance with needed resources
  • Chaplain services, spiritual counseling, and support
  • Bereavement, grief and loss support
  • Physician services in the event your primary care physician is not available
  • Respite, General Inpatient, and Continuous Home Care
  • 24-Hour Nurse Line
  • And many other options

Our Team

Our team is composed of professional, caring, and knowledgeable individuals that will work with you and your doctor to provide you with the best care possible. Our Executive team is led by Dr. Brad Appl who has dedicated himself to serving our community since 1987, and continues to lead his team with compassion and an unwavering belief in patient-centered care.

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Dr. Brad Appl

Owner & Medical Director

Dr. Brad Appl

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Medical Director

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Dr. Ann Kurtz MD

Medical Director

Dr. Ann Kurtz MD

Nancy Kelso RN

Administrator/Director of Clinical Services

Nancy Kelso RN
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Richard Prim, M.Div, D.Div, BCC

Chaplain & Community Liaison

Richard Prim, M.Div, D.Div, BCC

Hospice Care Team

Hospice Coordinator

Hospice Care Team
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Eileen Orel, RN

Director Of Clinical Services

Eileen Orel, RN
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Liz Jones

Director of Business Development

Liz Jones

We Honor Veterans – Level III

Appl Orchard Hospice is proud to participate in the We Honor Veterans program and is currently at Level III.

Areas We Serve


  • Douglas County
  • Franklin County
  • Johnson County
  • Leavenworth County
  • Miami County
  • Wyandotte County


  • Cass County
  • Clay County
  • Jackson County
  • Lafayette County
  • Platte County

Map of Missouri and Kansas counties.

Better care starts with you!

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