About Crater Community Hospice

About Crater Community Hospice

Our Mission

Crater Community Hospice’s mission is to educate the community on serious illness and end of life concerns and provide families and patients with quality care and supportive services.


Crater Community Hospice was established in 1995 after a need for hospice services was identified by both John Randolph Hospital in Hopewell and Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg. At that time both facilities were community hospitals and recognized that a community-based hospice could better serve the local community.

As a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, Crater Community Hospice is governed by a local Volunteer Board of Directors and an appointed Chief Executive Officer who is responsible for the day to day management of the organization. Board members live and work in the areas we serve as do our staff and volunteers. With a vested interest in the community, we strive to provide not only high-quality hospice services but also multiple community services necessary to improve upon the overall quality of life to all who reside in the area.

Our team members are highly respected in the community for their professionalism, knowledge and expertise. Health care professionals and others in the community often call upon our staff for advice in assisting with situations prior to the actual referral for hospice services.

Hospice Care

Hospice is a concept of care derived from medieval times, symbolizing a place where travelers, pilgrims and the sick, wounded and dying could find rest and peace. Today, Hospice Care offers a program of care for patients facing terminal illness. The focus of care is quality of life and comfort care delivered compassionately by professionals who specialize in end-of-life challenges.

When It’s Time

Hospice care becomes appropriate when the focus of care shifts from aggressive treatment of the disease to relieving and managing symptoms and improving quality of life. Anyone can refer a patient for hospice care. If the referral is made by a family member or friend, our team will contact the patient’s physician to ensure that the patient qualifies for Hospice Care.

We provide care where the patient lives, their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or in a hospital setting. The care is provided by a team of hospice professionals and volunteers who provide physical, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual support to the patient and family. Our care team includes physicians, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, chaplain, bereavement counselors and trained volunteers.

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance policies.