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Special Care by Special People

25 years hospice careHospice is a special type of care for people who are facing serious illness and who have a limited life expectancy. Hospice patients can receive services in the environment they choose, wherever they call home. The Hospice team can provide In-Home Hospice Services in a patient’s own home, the home of a family member, a nursing home, senior apartments or an assisted living facility. Home Health United – Hospice also staffs and operates the St. Clare Hospice House, a four-bed residential facility in Baraboo, providing Residential Hospice Services for patients who for whatever reason are unable to remain at home.

The HHU – Hospice team works closely with patients and families to identify their goals and priorities, and to develop a plan to achieve them. Hospice providers are experts in managing symptoms such as pain, breathing difficulty and anxiety. They are also skilled in providing emotional support to patients and families as death is approaching. HHU – Hospice staff is dedicated to helping individuals facing terminal illness to experience the best quality of life possible.

Why Choose HHU – Hospice?

For three decades, Home Health United has been your local nonprofit hospice provider.

  • HHU patients receive a high quality level of care as evidenced in our overall score of 94% for Symptom Response, which includes patients receiving the right amount of meds for pain, the right amount of help for breathing, and the right amount of help for anxiety/sadness.
  • 92% of our hospice patients are able to stay at home.
  • We have an 82% success rate of controlling patients’ pain within 48 hours, compared to state level of 61% and national level of 73%.

A Hospice Informational Visit is provided to anyone considering Hospice Services; call 877-356-4514 for more information.

Not sure if you are ready for Hospice? Learn more about our Palliative Care Program.

Home Health United recognized as National Partner of “We Honor Veterans” Program.

As a We Honor Veterans partner, HHU will implement ongoing Veteran-centered education for staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans they proudly serve. Learn More.

Meet the Hospice Nurse Practitioner

The Hospice Nurse Practitioner supports the Hospice Medical Directors in care plan oversight, patient visits for re-certification purposes, patient medication management, and education and development of the hospice team, as well as having prescriptive authority. HHU is one of the few hospice agencies in the area to have a Hospice Nurse Practitioner on staff.

Tammy La Rocco RN, MSN, APNP

Tammy LaRoccoHospice Nurse Practitioner/Patient Care Manager, Home Health United-Hospice

Employed with HHU since 1999.

Received a Master’s Degree from UW-Madison as a Nurse Practitioner in 2004.


Meet the Medical Directors!

The HHU – Hospice Medical Directors provide oversight to the Hospice interdisciplinary teams and patient medication management; act as liaisons to attending physicians; collaborate with the Hospice Nurse Practitioners; conduct Medicare-required face-to-face visits for ongoing certification for patients; and review patients’ plans of care every two weeks.

Dr. John DeGiovanni – HHU – Hospice Medical Director since 2001

Dr. DGPhysician, Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital & Clinics





Dr. Kathryn Lilley – HHU – Hospice Medical Director since 2013

Dr. LilleyPhysician, Dean Clinic – Janesville East

Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care




Dr. Maureen Murphy - HHU – Hospice Associate Medical Director since 2013

Dr. MurphyPhysician, Lake Delton Integrative Medicine Center

Director of Medical Affairs & Director of Palliative Care Program, St. Clare Hospital

Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care


Dr. Orest Kostelyna -
HHU – Hospice Medical Director since 2015

2016-6 Image Dr. KostelynaPhysician, Dean Clinic – Fish Hatchery



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