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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 and Baraboo, Wisconsin; and in Rockford, Illinois.

Here is our current service area:

 

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Our History, Mission & Vision

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 nearly 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:

Our Mission

Partnering with patients and families to improve quality of life throughout serious illness

Our Vision

To lead the evolution of hospice and palliative care through innovation, education and access—one patient, one family, one community at a time

 

The Essence of Agrace

 
 
 
 

Agrace's Partnerships

Affiliate Partners

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.

 

NPHI

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.

 

Health Care & Community Partnerships

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.