The first American Hospice. Est. 1974


Spanning four decades, The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., America’s First Hospice, is the first palliative teaching hospital to have earned the Joint Commission’s “Advanced Palliative Certification.” We are committed to providing the highest ratio of care between nurses and patients in the country. Our nurses provide advanced training in hospice and palliative care through our Norma F. Pfriem International Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Program. We are proud of our American Council for Continuing Medical Education Accreditation with commendation, and were honored this April (2019) to receive the prestigious Edward R. Loveland Memorial Award from The American College of Physicians in recognition of our “distinguished contributions in the health field.”


The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. takes a broad view of the care of people with advanced illnesses and their families. While the control of pain and other troubling symptoms is a primary concern for caregivers, we recognize that our patients and their families also experience emotional, spiritual, social and financial challenges. This is why our caregiving staff (including volunteers) provide a team approach to help patients and families optimize quality of life. Our inpatient physician, nursing, pharmacy, social work, arts, and pastoral staff round regularly, our doctors and advanced practice nurse practitioners visit patients at home, and provide home delivery of medications.


The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not for profit, founded America’s hospice movement. Now known simply as Hospice, we continue to set the national standard for home and inpatient hospice care, and are a leader in palliative care, helping people fully understand their illnesses and treatments so they may choose care that is right for them. Our beautiful inpatient facility can provide medical care to those seeking more than comfort alone, along with expert level symptom management.