Human Services

THE CONNECTICUT HOSPICE INC

The First American Hospice

Branford, CT   |  www.hospice.com

Mission

In 1974 The Connecticut Hospice Inc., a 501(c)(3) not for profit, founded America’s hospice movement, almost 50 years later, continue to set the national standard for home and inpatient hospice care and have become a leader in palliative care. We provide hospice care in patient homes or at our inpatient facility with medical directed, nurse-coordinated, interdisciplinary teams that continue to provide support from diagnosis through bereavement. Together, our physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, clergy, artists, and trained volunteers actively assist each patient and family to navigate the myriad of challenges surrounding irreversible illness.

Ruling year info

1972

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Barbara L. Pearce

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Joseph Mooney

Main address

100 Double Beach Rd.

Branford, CT 06405 USA

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EIN

06-0878822

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Hospice (P74)

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Our programs

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In-Patient Care

We provide palliative and hospice care services to patients in their homes or at our inpatient facility with medically directed, nurse-coordinated, interdisciplinary teams that continue to provide support from diagnosis through bereavement. Together, our physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, clergy, artists, and trained volunteers actively assist each patient and family to navigate the myriad of challenges surrounding irreversible illness. It is our “team” approach – comprehensive, coordinated care without gaps or duplication – that truly distinguishes Hospice within our health care system. Unique to Connecticut Hospice, our 52-bed inpatient facility is a licensed hospital, extends 24/7 expert level symptom management, including infused pain medications and rapid dose adjustment to those whose symptoms cannot be managed at home, and also offers medical treatment such as IV fluids and antibiotics to those no longer wishing routine hospitalization, but still seeking medical care, in a beautiful setting where quality of life comes first. Our beautiful inpatient facility can provide medical care to those seeking more than comfort alone, along with expert level symptom management.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
People with cancer

Since 1974, Connecticut Hospice Home Care nurses have provided services to over 70 cities and towns in Connecticut. On an average day, over 200 patients receive a mix of nursing, social work, medical, and pastoral care at home. Our home care program is divided into Stand By Me, a non-hospice program for people in need of skilled nursing services who are still seeking conventional medical care such as chemo- and/or immunotherapy, and hospice home care, for those electing to stop conventional care and seek comfort oriented measures only. Quality, individualized care plans are created by our nurses in collaboration with other team members, hospice and palliative care physicians and advanced practice registered nurses, and our patients’ primary physicians. Often, other community health care and social service agencies are called on to help. When necessary, hospice and palliative care physicians or advanced practice registered nurses may visit patients at home to recommend changes in care. Medications are delivered to the homes of all our hospice patients. Such care requires constant assessment and re-evaluation as advanced disease progresses; with the goal of symptom management and quality of life always being primary. This coordinated approach allows patients to continue their lives at home whenever possible. Please call 203-315-7540 or toll free within Connecticut 1-866-294-7599. Our fax is 203-315-7673. Email Inquiries: dstjohn@hospice.com.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
People with cancer

Connecticut Hospice, America’s premier provider of hospice care, is now a leader in palliative care. Unfamiliar to many, palliative care extends far beyond comfort care provided to people at the end of life and encompasses a broad approach to the care of seriously ill people, including those still receiving conventional medical treatment. Our palliative care practitioners visit people at home for palliative care consultations. These visits help people with advanced illness and their families better understand their condition and the range of options available to them, from the most aggressive – such as surgery, chemo- and/or immunotherapy, and radiation — to hospice only. In doing so, the trained palliative care physicians and advanced practice registered nurses at Connecticut Hospice empower people with advanced illness to choose care in keeping with their goals and values, rather than that which can sometimes feel like it has been imposed by a medical system without their full understanding or consent. We offer palliative care to patients still living at home who are enrolled in our Stand By Me program, who, unlike those in our hospice program, are still seeking conventional medical treatment for their illnesses. Expert level, aggressive management of pain and other adverse symptoms is an important component of palliative care – given the complexities of advanced illness and all of its possible treatments. The completion of advance directives is a third pillar of palliative care, providing direction to all involved in a patient’s care as to specific wishes for care – such as use of life support – should the patient lose the ability to direct his or her own care. Finally, palliative care practitioners provide medical care; routine interventions such as ordering and interpreting labs, diagnosing acute conditions such as UTIs and pneumonia, and providing treatment for these conditions. Many organizations claim to provide palliative care but most limit their “palliative” interventions to symptom management. What sets Connecticut Hospice apart is not only our strict adherence to the much broader definition of palliative care, but our 52 bed licensed inpatient hospital in Branford. This facility allows our patients the option of inpatient admission for rapid control of symptoms and medical management that can’t be accomplished at home, in a beautiful facility that provides a degree of personalized comfort rare in conventional inpatient settings. We don’t wake our inpatients for vital signs or blood tests, we liberalize diets, we allow families 24/7 visiting (and cots to sleep on), we emphasize symptom management, and we turn out the lights and turn down the noise at night. Patients are invited to enjoy a “stroll in bed” along our beautiful waterfront.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
People with cancer

Families and individuals who lose a loved one at The Connecticut Hospice will be contacted by our Bereavement Department several times during the first year following their loss. Families and individuals will receive mailings with information and resources about grief and most will also receive a follow-up bereavement support telephone call. New bereavement support groups form periodically throughout the year and are scheduled at varying times during the daytime and early evening hours. The types of groups also vary and may be structured to assist widows and widowers, adults grieving the death of a parent, or those who have lost a family member, a partner, or a friend. Bereavement group fees for patient family members and or partners are covered in “hospice benefits” provided by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. All bereavement groups meet at The CT Hospice facility located at 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 Pre-registration is required for all groups. For more information about the dates and times of the bereavement groups listed below and to pre-register for a group, please call our Bereavement Office at 203-315-7544.

Population(s) Served
Families
Caregivers

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THE CONNECTICUT HOSPICE INC

Board of directors
as of 11/14/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Anthony DaRos

Michael Massaro

Vice President

John Stack

Treasurer

George Waldron

Secretary

Andrew Alden

Patricia Baker

Thomas Candrick, Jr.

Harwood Comstock

Donna Galluzzo

Chief Robert Gill

Suzanne Lagarde

Eugene Michael

Randolph Reinhold

Edwin Selden

Theodore Zanker, M.D.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/13/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Disability

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Keywords

Hospice, Home Care, Hospital, Palliative Care, Bereavement Resources, human services