History of Northfield Hospice

In 1982, a Northfield resident who was a retired nurse returned from an extended stay in Washington D.C., where she was part of the care team for a hospice patient.

She introduced the hospice concept to the Northfield Hospital social worker and the nursing home director of nursing. They recruited a physician and pastor to explore the idea of beginning a hospice in Northfield. These and other individuals in the local medical community began an in-home hospice service with the Northfield Hospital as its headquarters. The team included doctors, nurses and social workers.

The Hospice became Medicare-certified in 1995. As part of the Medicare requirements, the Northfield Hospice team includes a medical director, nurses, social workers, chaplain and trained Hospice volunteers.