About Us

I. Our Mission and Objectives

Compassion, Care, and Comfort Through End of Life

Surveys have consistently shown that people's greatest fear concerning death and dying is experiencing pain and suffering. At Hospice of Southern Maine, we are committed to offering care that is provided by a team of highly trained, compassionate experts who have their patients' comfort as their highest priority.

II. History

Hospice of Southern Maine initially grew from two hospice initiatives to build an inpatient facility: Hope Garden of York County and Horizon House of Cumberland County. These two organizations merged in 2003 to create Hospice of Southern Maine, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In further support of this initiative to coordinate and expand hospice services, three home health agencies—Community Health Services in Portland, Southern Maine Health & Homecare Services in Kennebunk, and Visiting Nurse Services in Saco—joined our efforts. These three agencies allowed their home hospice programs to be integrated into one program under the auspices of Hospice of Southern Maine. Maine Medical Center, Southern Maine Medical Center and Maine Center for Cancer Medicine have also been vital collaborators in the development of Hospice of Southern Maine, the first free-standing, comprehensive, Medicare certified hospice program in Maine entirely devoted to the single mission of providing needed end-of-life care.

III. About HSM

Hospice of Southern Maine began serving patients in 2004. Gosnell Memorial Hospice House opened its doors in 2007 to become the first freestanding inpatient hospice facility in Maine. At HSM, we seek neither to prolong life nor to hasten death, but to provide excellent care for patients with a life-limiting illness and support for their families.

Hospice of Southern Maine is committed to being a leader in improving end-of-life care within our community through advocacy, professional education and community outreach.

Hospice services are based on the patient’s healthcare needs, regardless of ability to pay. Reimbursement for services is available through Medicare, MaineCare and other insurance plans. Check patient’s insurance plan for benefit eligibility. Options for subsidized care are available for income-qualified patients.

Hospice of Southern Maine does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, genetic information, and veteran status (of certain types), in its services, activities or employment. For further information about this policy, contact the Section 504 Coordinator at (207) 289-3640, toll-free at (866) 621-7600 or at Maine Relay 711.

IV. How do I find out more?

Please call or email us at (207) 289-3640. Someone will contact you right away.



From Our Patients & Their Families

"Our family truly appreciates the wonderful job that hospice did in order to ensure that Cathy's illness caused as little pain and discomfort to her as possible. Your help was invaluable." More...

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