Hospice Care

“I’ve just been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and I’m not ready to accept this. And my family is not ready to accept this either. This is happening so quickly. I’m angry, sad and afraid. I don’t know what to do.”

Making every moment count

St. Francis Hospice has helped thousands of patients and families over the years, and we can help you through this challenging time as well. We approach every patient as an individual with unique needs. It is our mission to do everything within our means to relieve suffering for those with life limiting illness and their families. When the doctors can no longer cure your disease, we will continue to aggressively treat symptoms and enhance quality of life.

Hospice care, generally provided at home, is highly specialized medical care that brings comfort and support to seriously ill patients and their families.  St. Francis Hospice,  Hawaii’s first and largest hospice program, has been delivering this special kind of care to Island residents since 1978.  Our team of specially trained physicians, nurses and social workers provide compassionate care and comfort for patients in their own homes, in nursing homes, or at our inpatient facilities in Nu`uanu and Ewa.  Accredited by The Joint Commission, St. Francis Hospice and its team of healthcare professionals ensures quality care is a priority in all that we do for our patients.

Surrounded by a team of healthcare professionals

We surround each patient and their family with support and tend to their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Each hospice patient becomes a part of our `ohana, with access to our four Hospice and Palliative Medicine board certified physicians, specially trained nurses, social workers, and others experienced in hospice care.

Live Longer

Some research studies are starting to show that many patients who receive hospice care have  improved quality of life and live longer than those who don’t. In addition, UHA (a local insurance provider) members can access all the benefits of hospice care while they also continue to receive curative treatments such as chemotherapy.

St. Francis Hospice also has one of the most advanced bereavement services programs in the state, offering support groups, walks in shopping malls, and other activities for families who have lost a loved one.

St. Francis Hospice provides:

  • Around-the-clock support from a registered nurse for urgent questions and concerns. If your concerns cannot be resolved over the phone, a registered nurse is available for home visits.
  • Four physicians who are board certified in palliative and hospice care and one nurse practitioner who visit every patient after admission (if desired) and as needed throughout their care with hospice.
  • Two home-like inpatient facilities: the 12-bed Sister Maureen Keleher Center in Nuuanu and the 24-bed Maurice J. Sullivan Family Hospice Center in Ewa Beach. These facilities are available for short-term stays when a family caregiver needs respite or when the type of care that is required for a patient is better suited for trained healthcare professionals and exceeds the capabilities of family caregivers.
  • Specialized wound and skin care, provided by a full-time certified wound specialist.
  • Hospice aides who can make two to five visits a week.
  • 100% coverage of prescription medications, durable medical equipment and supplies related to a patient’s health condition.
  • Bereavement support for family and loved ones for a year after the patient passes.

For more information, consult your doctor or contact St. Francis Hospice at (808) 595-7566 or info@stfrancishawaii.org