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Palliative Care

The Hospital of Central Connecticut's Wolfson Palliative Care Program is a consult service assisting with the ongoing care needs of patients with serious illnesses.

These diseases may include cardiac, pulmonary, kidney, central nervous system, hematological, cancer or other conditions. Living with chronic illness can affect individuals in unique ways, depending on the underlying disease. Many experience physical symptoms associated with disease progression: pain, shortness of breath, changes in appetite and decline in physical activity.

Conducting a comprehensive assessment and treating distressing physical symptoms is a priority for the Wolfson Palliative Care service; as untreated physical symptoms can affect an individual's emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being.


What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care focuses on relieving pain and other symptoms of serious illness. Palliative care is appropriate at any point in a serious illness, even while receiving curative and life-prolonging treatment.

Palliative care is provided by an interdisciplinary team that includes the patient and the patient's designated other, primary physician, and a specially trained staff of physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, and others as needed.

Palliative care and hospice care share similar values. Palliative care evolved from the hospice philosophy, and yet is different. Hospice care focuses on individuals with a limited life expectancy who no longer seek treatments to cure their disease.

Palliative care can be provided at the time of diagnosis or at any time during the illness, including during treatment.

Our History

The Wolfson Palliative Care Program began at the former New Britain General Hospital in 1998 through a generous donation from Samuel Wolfson, M.D., former chief of anesthesiology. Dr. Wolfson wanted to alleviate the suffering associated with illness and dying.

By 2000, the Wolfson Palliative Care Program was providing direct inpatient care and family support; transitional care to home and community settings; education for clinicians of various disciplines; and outreach programs for the community. The Wolfson Palliative Care Program at HCC continues to grow in response to the needs of our community.


Mission & Vision

Our Mission

The Wolfson Palliative Care Program is committed to improving the quality of life of patients and families through a reduction of the physical, psychological, social and spiritual distress resulting from a serious illness or its treatment.

Our Vision

  • Palliative care will be an integral component of healthcare for people in the Central Connecticut area.
  • The program is recognized as a state resource and national leader of excellent palliative care services and education.
  • An interdisciplinary team consisting of doctors, nurses, clergy and social workers will assist patients and families with health care decision making, advance care planning, grief and bereavement care, and by facilitating transitions of care to the home or other institution.
  • The program will provide ongoing education for patients, families, communities, and health care professionals to enhance their understanding of and access to palliative care.

Share in the Vision 

Palliative care focuses on relieving pain and other symptoms of serious illness. Palliative care is appropriate at any point in a serious illness, even while receiving curative and life-prolonging treatment.

If you would like to share in the vision and mission of Dr. Samuel Wolfson, you can make a donation to the Wolfson Palliative Care Program through the hospital's Development Office.


Care Consultation

At the request of the attending physician, the Wolfson team enters into a relationship of care with the hospitalized patient, family and other healthcare professionals. 


Education & Support

The Wolfson Palliative Care team has specialized knowledge and skills in working with people with serious illness or those at the end of life. Wolfson staff offer lectures, seminars, workshops, and support groups throughout the year for the community. 


Pastoral Services

Every faith and tradition can feel welcome at The Hospital of Central Connecticut. We provide accommodations at all of our facilities to offer you and your loved ones spiritual counseling and support to help guide you through your stay.

Social Worker

The palliative care social worker provides counseling to patients and their families to assist with psycho-social issues that may arise from illness or hospitalization. Bereavement groups and referrals to appropriate community resources are a part of ongoing support offered to families who have suffered loss of a loved one.


Hospital of Central Connecticut Clinics & Locations:

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New Britain General Campus

The New Britain General campus opened in 1899 and has grown into a dynamic, acute-care teaching facility. Our reputation as a leading healthcare provider enables us to attract outstanding talent and acquire leading technology to remain firmly committed to our mission to provide outstanding care to our community.

Palliative Care