Our Organization and History

Hospice of Jefferson County, Inc. was founded in 1985 by a group of concerned professionals and community members who saw a need in the region for an organization that could support patients who desired to spend their final days at home, and the family members who cared for them.


Hospice started as a volunteer organization, and has remained true to the volunteer spirit to this day. Its first office was located in a room at the former New York State Air Brake and housed a staff of less than ten. After becoming certified and eligible to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the staff and caseload grew, necessitating a move to larger quarters at 714 Washington Street, Watertown. In 1994, the agency settled into its next office at 425 Washington Street.

Today Hospice consists of a staff of 41 nurses, social workers and counselors and a large group of volunteers. Over the years Hospice has cared for more than 5,000 patients and their families in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. Although its address may have changed several times, one thing that has never changed is Hospice's unwavering commitment to help people live their final months of life in dignity and comfort.

Hospice is governed by two boards, one which oversees the operating agency and the other which manages the Foundation. The Boards and their committees meet regularly and play an active role in the management of the organization. The Boards embrace accountability and transparency, and ensure that the agency operates according to the highest ethical standards.

The newest chapter in the organization's history is an eight-bed residence and office building on Gotham Street in Watertown. This facility allows Hospice to provide care to patients who lack round-the-clock caregivers, as well as respite for families who may need some help from time to time.


Hospice Staff

CEO: Diana Woodhouse

Director of Patient Care: Susan Kellogg, RN, BSN, MPS

Director of Finance: Jordan Jones

Director of Volunteers: Nancy Morrow

Foundation Assistant: Kaetlyn Martel

Residence Manager: Theresa Hayman, RN

Social Work
Sally Ames, LMSW
Katie Witmer, LMSW

Bereavement & Spiritual Care Coordinator: Joyce Combs, MA, BSN

Compliance Officer / Clinical Resource Nurse: Andrea Paratore, RN, CHPN

Admissions Coordinator: Colleen Masterson, RN, BSN, CHPN

Administrative Assistant: Sarah McConnell

Receptionist: Kelly Foster

Health Information Clerk: Sommer Bartlett

Hospice Physicians: Dr. Forbes

Medical Directors
Dr. Kasulke

Join Our Team

Foundation Board of Directors

President: Dr. Jan Turcotte

Vice President: Amy DeMar

Treasurer: Stephen Swain

Secretary: Carolyn H. Osborne

Board Members

Holly Bush

Raeann Chatterton

Jeff Cole

Eric DeLaGarza

Todd R. De Mar

Lori Gervera

Bryan Mehaffy

Betsy Penrose

Rev. Donald Robinson

Emily Sprague

Hospice Board of Directors

President: Rob Bloom

Vice President: Bernard Maurer

Treasurer: Merle Tousant

Secretary: Kathy Watson

Board Members

David Adsit

Elizabeth Bush

Frances Calarco

Maureen Cean

Victoria Hasseler Collins, Esq.

Clint Coolidge

Dr. John Deans

Patricia "Bunny" Gorman

Linda O’Connor

Steven Olson

Dr. Kate Skipton

Milly Smith

Dr. James Stillerman

  • You people are the best of the best.

  • I can't find adequate words to say how wonderful Hospice was to my husband and me. They brightened my day and gave me the courage to meet each day. I learned to lean on and love each and everyone. God bless them all!

  • Everyone on the Hospice team was wonderful. They were gentle, loving and very good with my mother. I learned so much from them.

  • What a great team I had! Everyone I dealt with was very professional.

  • I do not know how I would have handled or survived the care without the help of Hospice. They were there for me at all times.
  • The professionalism, compassion and respect for our child and our family are sincerely appreciated.
  • Your care was excellent. Thank you for all you did for my husband.

  • The whole team was exceptional. We could not have asked for better care for our loved one.

  • I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtfulness during this most difficult time. Your services were wonderful and very helpful. My sincere thanks to all of you.
  • Your nurses went over and beyond the call of duty to help us.
  • I can't find the words to say how good the hospice team was, even helping after my wife's death.
  • Words can't express how much I appreciate what all of you did for my husband. You guys just made it work so well.

1398 Gotham St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-788-7323
Fax: 315-788-9653

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