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A Brief History

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.

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

L-R: Donors Les Vinney and Margo Vinney.



The earlier a patient with a life-limiting illness enters hospice, the fuller and more enhanced the experience will be. The patient’s physician traditionally refers to hospice, but other healthcare professionals, family members or friends are encouraged to make referrals.

Making decisions related to healthcare when we face a life-limiting illness can be confusing and frightening. At your request, the Vinney Hospice and Palliative Care of Montefiore will send a representative to answer your questions and clarify the hospice philosophy of care and available services. We can meet with you at the hospital, in your home, or at Montefiore.


The Philosophy of Hospice

The philosophy of hospice care is focused on preserving the quality of life. Our goal is to minimize suffering and enhance comfort through pain management and symptom control for people diagnosed with a life limiting illness.

By tending to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our patients and their families, we offer comfort and support when it matters most. Our hospice team members work together to provide the most appropriate care and support including:

  • Medical Director
  • Pain management and symptom control
  • Individualized plan of care
  • 24-hour emergency on-call nurse
  • Holistic approach to patient care
  • Continuity of care by a team of caring professionals
  • Comfort therapies – art, massage, reiki, music
  • Spiritual counseling with sensitivity to traditions of all faiths
  • Services provided in one’s own home, at Montefiore in our inpatient hospice unit, Maltz Hospice House and Palliative Care Pavilion, or in another healthcare facility or assisted living
  • Family support and counseling available
  • Additional services available through fee-for-service
  • Psychosocial and spiritual support
  • Non-sectarian community based support
  • Palliative care consult services available
  • Russian speaking interpreter