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Wolfson Palliative Care Program New Britain General campus
(860) 224-5463

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Mission and vision


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 life-threatening or chronic illness or its treatment.


  • 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, advanced 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.


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.

Share in the vision

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.