About Center for Hospice Care

Not all hospice organizations are the same

While compassion and commitment are common attributes of many hospice agencies, their services, strengths, and community reach vary widely.

In referring patients to Center for Hospice Care, medical professionals should know that their patients are receiving hospice and palliative care from an organization with deep resources and experience, and unique programs and services. Center for Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut, has been serving our regional community since 1985.

What you need to know about us

Local Medical Directors

Primary Medical Director: Dr. Vanessa Johnson, MD, MPH: Cornell University Medical College / Fellowship at Brown Medical School

  • Board Certifications: Hospice/Palliative Medicine, Hematology, Oncology and Internal Medicine
  • Medical Staff at Backus Hospital, Day Kimball Hospital and L + M Hospital

Co-Medical Director: Dr. Claire Reardon. The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont

  • Board Certification: Family Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Affiliated with L+M Hospital

Co-Medical Director: Dr. Michael Feltes. Rush Medical College of Rush University, Residency: New England Memorial Hospital, Fellowship: University of Connecticut Health Center

  • Board Certification: Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Certified
  • L+M Medical Staff.

Superior ratings

  • Medicare/Medicaid Certified Hospice Provider
  • Excellent National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization quality indicators of services provided

Skilled Nursing & Assisted Living Facility experience

Contracts and agreements to provide hospice care in 18 New London County Skilled Nursing Facilities

Caring for hospice patients in all Assisted Living Facilities in New London County

Outstanding staff

  • Registered Nurses Certified in Hospice and Palliative Nursing
  • Hospice Aides Certified as Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistants
  • All Medical Social Workers are licensed (LCSW) or in the process of becoming licensed and certified
  • Over 140 hospice trained volunteers who are neighbors from the community, providing patient care, equipment and prescription pick up and delivery, caregiver respite, and more

Comprehensive Services

  • Complementary Volunteer Therapies, including Therapeutic Massage, Reiki, Reflexology and Pet Therapy
  • Bereavement Services for all community members experiencing any kind of grief - not just families of our hospice patients, offered free of charge
  • Expressive Arts Program for those experiencing loss and grief
  • Sentimental Journeys program for patients who wish to revisit places or people that have special meaning
  • We Honor Veterans program, which provides special care and programs for veterans
  • Pet Therapy, which uses trained and certified therapy dogs to uplift and comfort patients
  • Live Alone program, which helps independent patients remain at home
  • Coming to the Senses, which helps patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia to reconnect with pleasures and comforts they have known


  • Accreditations and Certifications:
  • We Honor Veterans
  • Hartford Courant Top Places to Work 2014
  • Hartford Courant Top Places to Work 2015
  • Hartford Courant Top Places to Work 2017