28 May

Pharmacy Preceptor Profile: Jim Prota of Connecticut Hospice

UConn Today – May 16, 2019 – Sheila Foran/School of Pharmacy

Connecticut Hospice is a peaceful place. Nestled on the shore of Long Island Sound  in Branford, Conn., the 52-bed in-patient palliative care facility includes family friendly meeting rooms, common areas filled with artwork, and a campus that invites reflection. Jim Prota has worked at Connecticut Hospice as Director of Pharmacy since 2006. During that time, he has served as a preceptor for students from the UConn School of Pharmacy, and others, introducing them to the particular issues a pharmacist faces when dealing with such a unique patient population.

“I ask students why they chose to come here for one of their rotations,” he says, “and they often say they are interested in pain management. Then they admit that they are a little uncomfortable, expecting that this might not be the happiest place to work. By the end of their time here, they have had a chance to see what a warm, actually happy, work environment this is.”

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16 Apr

New Program at Connecticut Hospice

(WTNH) – A new program at Connecticut Hospice is helping seriously ill people document their wishes for medical care. 

Dr. Joe Sacco, Connecticut Hospice’s Medical Director explains how this is helping families.

Click here to watch the interview.

10 Sep

Behind the Scenes: Meet Our “Unitex Man” Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson, A delivery professional with Unitex for 15 years

In a day filled with delivering medical textiles to many a health care location, Richard Johnson’s visit to Connecticut Hospice is a welcome reprieve.

As a delivery driver with service provider Unitex, Richard can be counted upon to help CT Hospice provide the superior linens to ensure the utmost comfort and quality of life for each client in our care.

Richard’s smiling face and quiet, friendly demeanor fits with the flow of the many behind-the-scenes services happening on a daily basis here. As Richard describes his visits, which take place four to six times a week, “…it’s all nice and smooth.” A delivery professional with Unitex for 15 years, Richard’s daily route includes many area hospitals and medical facilities; but he counts his deliveries to CT Hospice among his favorite part of the job.

“It’s a very nice setting, a beautiful setting,” says Richard. “I enjoy making deliveries here. The people are so nice and everybody is getting their linens. They’re nice people at a nice place.”

25 Mar

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), accredits The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc., (“The Institute”) with Commendation.

The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., and its related research and training affiliate The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc., (“The Institute”) is pleased to announce that the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), has again credited the Institute, with commendation, for a six year period, through 2019.  The ACCME’s mission is the identification, development, and promotion of standards for quality continuing medical education (CME) utilized by physicians in their maintenance of competence and incorporation of new knowledge to improve quality medical care for patients and their communities.

The ACCME undertook a detailed review of the Institution, evidence of performance in the practice and extensive interviews.  Accreditation with Commendation is awarded to providers that demonstrate compliance in all 22 Criteria and the accreditation policies.  The ACCME commends “The Institute” for meeting the ACCME’s accreditation requirements and for demonstrating that ours is a learning organization and a change agent for the physicians we serve.  The ACCME stated that the Institute has demonstrated an engagement with our environment in support of physician learning and a change that is a part of a system for quality improvement.

Luis Gonzalez, M.A., M.P.H., HA, an extraordinary administrator of The Institute since 1996, said that, “The vitality and endurance that his colleagues and staff play, the passionate response from the students, and the comprehensive and diverse nature of the materials, gave way to the academic achievement that The Institute received validation for, through the ACCME Board of Directors.”

President and CEO Mrs. Marc Alphons Hurzeler, R.N., M.P.H., H.A. said that, “The Institute, having achieved three decades of educating intrastate, continues to rely on “Doctor” Gonzalez for his brilliant trailblazing.”

The Connecticut Hospice was the first hospice in the United States and is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary of providing the utmost care to its patients and families.  The Institute is Hospice’s education arm and stands for the commitment to educate the medical community on palliative and hospice care.

For additional information please contact:

Eileen Mino

Communications Department

The Connecticut Hospice Institute

(203) 315-7556


25 Mar

James Prota, RPh. of The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. appointed to the Palliative Care Advisory Panel

For Immediate Release – Branford, Connecticut – March 14, 2014


Senator Donald E. Williams, Jr., Senator Pro Tempe of the Connecticut Senate, appoints James Prota, RPh. of The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. to the Palliative Care Advisory Panel

The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., is pleased to announce that its Director of Pharmacy, James Prota, RPh., has been appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Connecticut Senate, Senator Donald E. Williams, Jr. to the Connecticut Palliative Care Advisory Council.  This Council was established by law earlier this year (Public Act 13-55) to analyze the current state of palliative care in Connecticut; and advise the Connecticut Department of Public Health on matters relating to the improvement of palliative care and the quality of life for persons with serious or chronic illnesses.  The Council will provide findings and recommendations concerning these matters to the Commissioner of Public Health and committees of the legislature.

As Director of Pharmacy of The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., Jim is uniquely qualified to serve on the Advisory Panel based on his years of experience focusing intensely on pharmaceutical approaches to palliative care.  He carries out the clinical responsibilities for our hospital-hospice and provides daily clinical consultation services to our palliative and hospice home care patients statewide.  Jim also undertakes academic responsibilities, as the Pharmacy Department at The Connecticut Hospice is a Preceptor Site for University of Connecticut Pharmacy students who are completing their clinical requirements for a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

“I am very thankful and honored to be selected to the palliative care advisory committee and I hope to utilize my experience as a Hospice and Palliative care Pharmacist to make recommendations that will positively impact patients and their families,” said James Prota, RPh.

The Connecticut Hospice is the first hospice in the United States and will celebrate its 40th Anniversary, or in a place where every minute counts, its 21st Million Minute, “Operation Blessings.”

For additional information please contact:

Eileen Mino

Communications Department

The Connecticut Hospice, Inc.

(203) 315-7556