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Buffalo Hospice had its origin in 1974 when Charlotte Shedd, a devoted nurse, decided that such a facility was necessary locally. She and her husband, Donald, a surgeon at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, had recently moved to Buffalo and felt the time was ripe to begin. They had long believed that those who were nearing death, were poorly served in existing hospitals, and had been inspired by hearing a lecture by Dame Cicely Saunders in New Haven, in which she described her work in London in establishing a pioneering hospice. They had also observed the development of the first American hospice in Connecticut. The Shedds gathered together in their home, a group of professionals who were equally interested and established an ad hoc committee that soon became the first Board of Directors of Buffalo Hospice. This small group of volunteers consisting of one physician, two nurses and three clergymen, set in motion a mighty effort which brought about the development of what is now one of the leading hospices in the United States, The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Buffalo, New York. The story is told essentially in the words of the early founders.



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Center for Hospice and Palliative Care


Buffalo, NY


History, Buffalo, Hospice, Palliative Care, Pioneers, Charlotte Shedd R.N., M.N., Donald Shedd

The Early History of Hospice Buffalo