Bayada Hospice

Setting the highest standards for end-of-life care

Hospice focuses on a holistic team approach to providing care to patients and their families. More than expert medical care and symptom and pain management, hospice services include emotional and spiritual support to patients, families, and others who need support through the end-of-life process.

Comprehensive care

Hospice improves a patient’s quality of life, providing services through a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals and volunteers.

Our range of services includes:

  • Nursing care
  • Physician care
  • Social work
  • Spiritual care
  • Bereavement support
  • Counseling
  • Volunteer services
  • Respite care

Compassionate professionals

Our team of nurses, physicians, therapists, social workers, and home health aides specialize in hospice care. To ensure the highest quality of care, they undergo extensive screening and training.

Bayada Hospice values individual differences and maintains an environment that is open and accepting of all people, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

Physician leadership

Bayada Hospice medical directors are an integral part of the multidisciplinary care team. Led by our full-time medical director, Dr. John Saroyan, MD, who is board certified in hospice and palliative care medicine, the medical directors provide expertise to the Bayada team to ensure the highest quality hospice care possible. They collaborate with primary care physicians to help our patients remain comfortable at end-of-life and act as expert resources to the local medical community.

Support for veterans

Bayada Hospice is a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs. To help improve the care provided to veterans, Bayada Hospice implements ongoing veteran-centered education and training for its staff and volunteers.

Bayada Hospice provides the services our veterans need to experience a more peaceful end-of-life. Veterans have unique needs related to military service, combat experience, or other traumatic events. Bayada Hospice recognizes these needs and provides them with the care and support they deserve.

John Saroyan headshot

John M. Saroyan, MD is the full-time Bayada Hospice Medical Director for Vermont and New Hampshire.

Dr. Saroyan has dedicated his entire medical career to hospice and palliative care. He was a full-time faculty member at Columbia University for ten years, where he was Program Director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship and attained the rank of Associate Clinical Professor. He is a board certified pediatrician with sub-specialty certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and his expertise extends across the lifespan.

A well published scholar with multiple peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Saroyan maintains faculty appointments in the Department of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, the Department of Pediatrics at the at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and in the Department of Pediatrics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. He was quoted in the The New York Times because of his widely recognized expertise in pediatric palliative care and hospice, called an “emerging leader” by the State Initiatives in End-of-Life Care, and featured in an online interview by blogger Laurie Kienlin.

Dr. Saroyan ensures adherence to the highest quality standards of care at Bayada and is available to the Vermont and New Hampshire health care community as an expert resource. He can be reached at Bayada Hospice’s Norwich office at 802-526-2380 and by email at

A Bayada Home Health Care specialty practice, hospice is comprehensive end-of-life medical, social, emotional, and spiritual care that provides comfort and support to patients and their family members when a life-expectancy prognosis of six months or less has been determined. These services are provided by nurses, physicians, therapists, social workers, home health aides, other professionals, and volunteers.

Essential items that the home health team uses to conduct home visits or carry out services the physician has order to treat or diagnose a patient’s illness or injury.

End-of-Life planning refers to the process of planning for health care in the final hours or days of a patient's lives. This refers more broadly to the planning of care for all those with a terminal illness or terminal condition that has become advanced, progressive, and incurable.

Any treatment or medical care focused on reducing symptoms of a disease, rather than curing the disease itself. The goal is to improve the quality of life for those with serious, complex illnesses.

A HHA is a nurse aide who has been tested and proven competent in home health skills. Home Health Aides are able to work in the private home.