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Agrace is a nonprofit, community-based health care agency. We provide hospice and palliative care services in private homes, and in skilled nursing, assisted living and other community residential facilities across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Our offices are located in Madison, Janesville, Baraboo and Platteville (opening January 2019), Wisconsin; and in Rockford, Illinois.
Here is our current service area:
Agrace was founded in 1978 by volunteers who believed in the revolutionary idea that comfort, dignity, and even hope and joy, are possible for those facing a life-limiting illness. Then known as “HospiceCare Inc.,” we grew steadily in south central Wisconsin for decades. In 2011, we added “Agrace” to our name to make it more distinctive.
For 40 years, Agrace has been an innovator and leader in both caring for patients and their families, and in educating others about death, dying and grief. We are the largest hospice provider in Wisconsin and expanded our services into northern Illinois in 2016. Below are our mission and vision statements:
Partnering with patients and families to improve quality of life throughout serious illness
Building a future where every person experiences compassionate care and respect while aging, ill or dying
We’re here to lift the burden so our patients can live comfortably, with dignity & joy, because that’s what matters most.
We accept patients and families for who they are & share their journey through serious illness. Along the way, we make it OK to talk about illness & dying, and try to anticipate the questions patients hadn’t yet thought to ask.
Everyone deserves to have access to Agrace’s personalized, supportive care, regardless of who they are or whether they can pay.
When days are tough and decisions are hard, we can lean on our team for strength & work with our health care partners to find solutions.
We feel honored when patients and families welcome Agrace into their lives and their homes.
Patients count on us to help them through a once-in-a-lifetime journey. We serve them best by measuring, analyzing and collaborating to deliver consistently high-quality care.
Our communities help build & fund Agrace—our inpatient units and programs. As a nonprofit, it’s our responsibility to deliver quality care, in a sustainable way, and to reinvest any profits to serve our communities even better.
We foster a culture of learning, knowing the hospice and palliative clinicians of tomorrow learn best from the hands-on training Agrace provides today.
On April 19, 2016, Agrace joined an affiliation with two major health systems in southern Wisconsin, UW Health and UnityPoint Health. The goal of the agreement is to collaborate to more effectively serve patients’ needs at the end of life—which clearly aligns with Agrace’s mission and vision. UW Health and UnityPoint are committing to let Agrace lead the way in hospice and palliative care in the communities we serve by collaborating, rather than competing.
The affiliation also gives our clinical leaders a chance to work together with UW Health and UnityPoint to help make palliative care and hospice services a more common part of patients’ care planning.
We continue to be a choice for everyone in southern Wisconsin who is struggling with serious illness, including patients from SSM clinics, SSM—St. Mary’s hospitals in Madison and Janesville, and St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo.
Agrace is a member of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI), a collaborative of non-profit, community-integrated, hospice and palliative care providers from across the country who play a unique role as a crucial safety net for the sickest, most vulnerable patients in the communities we serve.
NPHI members are committed to improving upon current best practices in hospice delivery and applying hospice principles throughout the care continuum. NPHI is distinguished through innovative partnerships aimed to positively impact care for Americans with advancing serious illness. A key focus of NPHI is to stand as leaders in the provision of the highest quality hospice care, to document that leadership through gathering and disseminating data on quality and value, and to set the standard for excellence nationwide.
Agrace relies a variety of community partnerships to help us connect with prospective patients and their families, as well as to provide excellent care once patients enroll in our services. These partners include other health care providers who refer patients to Agrace, as well as organizations that provide long-term care, residential services and other support services.
Click here to see lists of some of the key partners in the areas we serve–organizations that share our vision and help Agrace extend excellent care to those living in our community.