Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Affiliate to Train Future Doctors in End-of-Life Care

Patients, Families and "Next Generation of Physicians" to Benefit

Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island (HHPCRI) and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University announced today that they have signed an affiliation agreement that establishes HHPCRI as the major teaching affiliate for hospice and palliative medicine for the school.

Under the agreement, both parties will share responsibility for creating a learning environment in end-of-life care for Alpert Medical School students and residents.  HHPCRI will administer all clinical services and patient care, while the Alpert Medical School will be responsible for academic programs, research and the education of students and residents. 

“This agreement between such a prominent, renowned medical school and a national hospice leader underscores the growing emergence of hospice and palliative care into mainstream medicine,” says Diana Franchitto, president and CEO of Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island. “It represents the kind of innovative, visionary thinking and the spirit of collaboration that has been a mainstay in both organizations from our early beginnings.”

Brown University is nationally recognized for its programs in aging and gerontology. Aging cuts across all disciplines in medicine. The work being done at Alpert Medical School and the Programs in Biology and Public Health help to find solutions that meet the growing needs of the aging population.

“HHPCRI is well known for providing skillful and compassionate care. We are pleased this agreement formalizes our long-standing relationship with them and commitment to ensure that Alpert Medical School students have been trained in the specialized and unique care of patients and their families in the last months and weeks of life,” states Edward J. Wing, MD, dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown University.  “Brown has a rich history and strength in all areas of aging in the Medical School curriculum as well as research and education across the campus. This new agreement is an important addition to our work in end-of-life care.”

Edward W. Martin, MD, MPH, clinical associate professor of medicine at the Alpert Medical School and chief medical officer for Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, will oversee the clinical training of medical students and doctors at HHPCRI’s Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center located in Providence.  Martin, along with all other associate medical directors from HHPCRI, has an academic appointment with Brown and is certified in the subspecialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  

“This alliance will bring great value to the community, to the seriously ill and to the next generation of physicians,” says Martin.  “It is built upon a mutual commitment to the study and practice of hospice and palliative care.  The academic component will generate new ideas, new techniques and up-to-date research that will clearly benefit hospice patients.”