Community Hospice & Palliative Care kicks off 40-year anniversary with thank-celebration


On Jan. 25, Community Hospice & Palliative Care kicked off its 40th anniversary with a Light Party at its Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring to honor and thank the key donors whose contributions have been instrumental in Community Hospice’s legacy. 

“We are thankful to have been part of shaping modern hospice, bringing it from a movement 40 years ago to an essential part of our system of medical care and a treasured community asset,” said Susan Ponder-Stansel, Community Hospice president and CEO.

In its 40 years, compassionate care and consideration of the whole patient — along with their loved ones — have remained central to Community Hospice’s offerings and to Community Hospice’s commitment to the community.

Founded by a group of community volunteers in Jacksonville, Florida in 1979, Community Hospice began as “Friends of Hospice” and quickly became “Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc.” Since then, Community Hospice has served more than 215,000 adults and children in 16 counties in Northeast and North Central Florida.

Since its inception, Community Hospice has expanded to include:

Partnerships with local hospitals 

The Earl B. Hadlow Center For Caring — the first of eight Centers for Caring and the first free-standing inpatient center in the state of Florida 

Community PedsCare® — a program that provides hospice and palliative care services to children from prenatal to age 21

New offices in Palatka, Lake City and Nassau County, with more to come in its 16-county service area, including Alachua and Clay offices in 2019

The upcoming opening of the Stephen R. Chapman Family Community Campus in St. Augustine

We Honor Veterans — a partnership addressing the physical and emotional healthcare needs of veterans at the end of life

The Charles M. Neviaser Educational Institute, which offers educational opportunities with trusted healthcare experts to our communities

For more information on Community Hospice, visit


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