A Legacy of Commitment to the Jewish Community

 In Awards and Accolades, Staff

The Denver Hospice is the only Colorado hospice and palliative care provider to receive accreditation from the National Institute for Jewish Hospice (NIJH). The recognition “testifies to the hospice’s desire and their ability to serve their Jewish clients in a culturally sensitive way.”

The Denver Hospice was co-founded by a Jewish oncology nurse in 1978 and has been accredited by the NIJH since 2007. 

Annually, a representative from The Denver Hospice attends the NIJH Accreditation Conference to participate in sessions on Jewish medical ethics, end-of-life concerns, and bereavement considerations. The conference attendee then shares this information with care teams at The Denver Hospice, including nurses, social workers and chaplains. 

This knowledge share and other trainings throughout the year provide a refresher for The Denver Hospice staff on Jewish bereavement and medical practices.  

In addition, through our accreditation with NIJH, our staff receives information sheets prior to prominent Jewish holidays, including background information on traditions and how Jewish families recognize the holidays. 

The information and support provided through our NIJH accreditation keeps The Denver Hospice staff informed about the impact of Jewish customs at the end of life and helps us to more fully recognize and support our patients and families to meet the unique needs of this community.

As a not-for-profit, mission-based hospice, The Denver Hospice is proud to work with patients in the manner most respectful of their religious and personal beliefs –  no matter what those are.  

Learn more here about our commitment to the Jewish community. 

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