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and Adversity: Dean Florence Wald

Pioneer of Hospice in the U.S.

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Dean Florence Wald, Pioneer of Hospice in U.S.

After working at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London with Cicely Saunders, founder of the Hospice movement, Florence Wald organized a study to determine the feasibility of forming a Hospice facility in America. She and her colleagues opened the first Hospice in 1971 in Branford, CT. In 2014 there were more than 4,000 Hospice care facilities in the U.S.

Florence Schorske was born in 1917 in New York. As a child, she had a chronic respiratory ailment and spent several months in the hospital. This experience led her to study nursing. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received a master’s degree in nursing from Yale University School of Nursing and a second one in mental health nursing, also from Yale. Later she taught in the program and became its dean in 1959. She was instrumental in training prison inmates to care for dying inmates.

She married Henry Wald, and they had two children. Henry died in 2000 and Florence died in 2008 at the age of 91.

More about Dean Florence Wald:

http://www.nursingworld.org/FlorenceSWald

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/14/health/14wald.html?_r=0

http://celebiography.com/florence-wald.html

 

Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

  1. Lolita Ditzler says:

    What a wonderful organization. We were thankful for hospice when our 48-year-old daughter died from breast cancer 8 yrs. ago. She could never be an independent adult so we were blessed to care for her all of her life.

    • I am getting comments now from my Web site and don’t know if I answered this one from you.
      I am so sorry your daughter has passed away. I agree that Hospice is wonderful.

      Thanks for contacting me.

      Jo Ann M.

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