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A Brief History of Montefiore’s
Hospice Program


In 1990 a study was conducted to assess the need for a Jewish hospice in the Cleveland community to provide end-of-life care within a Jewish environment. The need proved to be real, and in 1992 The National Council of Jewish Women, Cleveland Section, provided start-up funding for the NCJW/Montefiore Hospice program through a bequest from Maurice and Sadie Friedman.

This generous support enabled the establishment of one of the first Jewish hospices licensed by the state of Ohio at Montefiore. More than a decade ago, the hospice began offering services in the community to all patients, regardless of religious affiliation.

Comfort. Dignity. Love.

Donors Les and Margo Vinney.

In May of 2011, The Montefiore Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland proudly announced a $1 million endowment to benefit Montefiore’s Hospice and Palliative Care programs. The endowment was established as a project of the Centennial Initiative for Jewish Cleveland through a generous grant from the Jules and Ruth Vinney Philanthropic Fund. This endowment, in memory of Jules and Ruth Vinney, was made possible through the thoughtfulness of their loving family, Les and Linda Vinney, Margo Vinney and Dr. Jeffrey Chaitoff, and Karen Jacobs and John Nielsen. Our new name is: Vinney Hospice and Palliative Care of Montefiore. Our program seeks to bring pain management and symptom control, as well as ultimate caring and compassion to those with a life-limiting illness, their caregivers, families and loved ones. We provide our signature care in the patient’s own home, in other healthcare and assisted living facilities at Montefiore or in our Hospice inpatient unit – Maltz Hospice House and Palliative Care Pavilion.