About Samaritan Hospice: South Jersey's Leading Hospice

About Samaritan Hospice: South Jersey's Leading Hospice

Dear Friends,

It all starts with a call for help.

samaritan president/ceo

Sometimes the call comes from a patient or family member; often it is from a trusted physician, hospital case manager, or staff at an assisted living or nursing home community. At any hour of the day or night, Samaritan honors the urgency of the request with a speedy response by knowledgeable and compassionate staff.

Why? Because the challenges of aging, serious illness, and grief do not discriminate. At some point, they will affect each of us personally, or touch someone we love.

As a not-for-profit organization, Samaritan was founded to serve. Please call on us! Allow our compassionate professionals and volunteers to meet your needs with comforting reassurance and expert care.



Mary Ann Boccolini      

Fast Facts About Samaritan

  • Founded in 1980 by grassroots volunteers in Moorestown, NJ
  • South Jersey’s first and largest hospice organization
  • Not-for-profit and non-sectarian
  • Independent and community-based in southern New Jersey
  • Voluntarily accredited by Joint Commissionconsidered highest standard of quality oversight in healthcare
  • Highest 4-star status in We Honor Veterans program
  • Licensed by the State of New Jersey
  • Certified by Medicare and Medicaid
  • 375 employees include full-time medical director, 6 full-time hospice and palliative physicians, 10 nurse practitioners, and certified wound care specialist
  • 100% of home health aides certified in Pressure Ulcer (bed sore) Prevention Program


Check out Samaritan’s 38-year history serving our community >>



The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members. Coretta Scott King



A Look Back at Samaritan’s 38-Year History



  • Accreditation  by The Joint Commission, considered the Gold Standard in healthcare,  requires compliance with the highest quality and safety standards for patient care.
  • Samaritan is named Deyta Hospice Honors recipient.
  • Samaritan adds a eight full-time hospice and palliative physician to its staff.
  • Samaritan serves an average of 400 patients and their families a day.


  • Samaritan opens South Jersey’s first free-standing inpatient hospice center in Voorhees.
  • Samaritan is named Deyta Hospice Honors recipient. This prestigious award recognizes hospices providing excellent patient care based on 18 quality measures – as rated by our patients’ caregivers. Established by Deyta, this designation recognizes hospices that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.


  • Samaritan is named Deyta Hospice Honors Elite recipient.
  • Samaritan breaks ground on The Samaritan Center at Voorhees.
  • Kennedy Health System chooses Samaritan as its preferred provider for palliative medicine.
  • Samaritan receives Global Partnership Award at National Hospice & Palliative Care Conference.
  • Timely Conversations, a conversation initiative, gets the South Jersey talking about their end-of-life wishes.
  • Samaritan Inpatient Center in Mt. Holly celebrates 10th anniversary.
  • Samaritan opens a second thrift store in Pitman.


  • Samaritan is named a Hospice Honors recipient.  Samaritan is one of only three New Jersey hospices and 194 nationwide out of 1700 participating hospices to earn this distinction in 2014.
  • Renovations at the Samaritan Inpatient Hospice Center in Mount Holly enhance its comfortable, home-like setting. Patients and families now receive care in one of 12 private rooms instead of the previous eight private and two semi-private rooms.
  • Samaritan achieves the highest four-star status in the national We Honor Veterans program – one of only 4 hospices in New  Jersey – and one of 179 nationwide to earn this prestigious designation.
  • Accreditation  by The Joint Commission, considered the Gold Standard in healthcare,  requires compliance with the highest quality and safety standards for patient care. Joint Commission accreditation is voluntary for hospices and Samaritan has invited this third-party scrutiny since its inception for hospice programs. Proudly, Samaritan maintained its accreditation for the sixth time. (1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014)
  • Samaritan adds a fifth full-time hospice and palliative physician to its staff.


  • Samaritan, in collaboration with Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM), selects Jennifer Chiesa, DO as the first Hospice/Palliative Care Fellow in New Jersey in a one-year fellowship program accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Virtua and Samaritan sign an agreement, formalizing Samaritan as Virtua’s provider of choice for palliative medicine and hospice care.
  • Lourdes Health System launches a Palliative Medicine consultation service and names Samaritan’s Palliative Medical Partners as its Preferred Provider.


  • Samaritan opens Samaritan Thrift in Westmont, NJ. Sales benefit Samaritan patients, families, and programs.
  • Marjorie Ivins becomes Samaritan’s first Chief Operating Officer.
  • Samaritan adds a fourth full-time hospice physician to its staff.
  • Samaritan expands its Palliative Medicine program with a cardiac care service.


  • Samaritan Hospice changes its name to Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice to reflect its expanding services while maintaining its commitment to providing the region’s best hospice care.
  • Samaritan expands its Palliative Medical Partners service. 


  • Samaritan Hospice celebrates 30 years of bringing comfort and dignity to patients and families coping with life-limiting illnesses throughout Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties.
  • Samaritan joins an initiative of the National Hospice and Palliative CareOrganization (NHPCO) to partner with Kawempe Home Care (KHC), a “sister”hospice in Kampala, Uganda.


The Samaritan Family of Services grows with the launch of two non-hospice programs: SeniorWise Care Management, a geriatric care managment program assisting frail elders and their adult children with issues of aging; and Samaritan Palliative Medical Partners offering pain and symptom management for those still undergoing curative treatments or who are not yet ready for hospice care.


Samaritan serves an average 380 patients and families each day. 290 staff members and 450 volunteers cover a service area of 2,139 square miles to provide the highest quality of care for Samaritan’s patients and families.


Samaritan is awarded The Wynona M. Lipman Award for Service in Healthcare from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Division on Women and Advisory Council on the Status of Women. The award recognizes Samaritan’s efforts to improve the lives of women in our community through employment opportunities, caregiver support, heart failure care and grief support.


  • Samaritan launches Via Lucis, a Ministry for Catholic Patients and Families, with the assistance of a community advisory committee comprised of representatives from the Camden and Trenton dioceses and area parishes.
  • The Battleship New Jersey serves as backdrop for an event in honor of Veterans Day and National Hospice Month to build awareness among veterans of their covered hospice benefits.


  • Samaritan proudly celebrates 25 years of service to the community, having cared for more than 26,000 patients and families.
  • The first Samaritan Inpatient Hospice Center opens in Mt. Holly, NJ.
  • Samaritan expands its service area to include Atlantic County.


  • Samaritan introduces hospice program for patients and families coping with end-stage heart failure.
  • Samaritan introduces a palliative care program for children and their families.


A new Complementary Therapy Program offers the comforts of massage, music, pet and aroma therapy for hospice patients and families.


  • Samaritan introduces Sukkat Shalom, a Jewish Hospice Program, in collaboration with Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey, to honor special needs and the richness of Jewish traditions and rituals for our patients and families.
  • The Samaritan Institute for Education and Research is created to advance the understanding and practice of hospice, palliative care, and grief support.


Mary Ann Boccolini is appointed as Samaritan’s new President/CEO.


Samaritan celebrates its 20th Anniversary with an average daily census of 167 patients.


  • The Center for Grief and Loss (now The Samaritan Center for Grief Support) opens Samaritan’s professional bereavement services to anyone in the community suffering a loss.
  • Transitions, a free volunteer support program, is developed for people who are not yet ready for traditional hospice care.
  • Samaritan demonstrates highest standards of care by voluntarily undergoing accreditation by Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) now known as The Joint Commission.


  • Samaritan’s administrative offices move from Moorestown to Marlton to accommodate growth.
  • Samaritan’s Option for Living as One (SOLO) program is created to provide care and support for patients who live alone.


Samaritan eliminates “Do Not Resuscitate” requirement (DNR) to increase access to care.


National Hospice Organization (NHO) awards Samaritan two President’s Awards of Excellence for its educational programs.


Samaritan becomes first in South Jersey to provide hospice care in nursing homes.


Hospice of Burlington County changes its name to Samaritan Hospice to reflect expanded service area.


Samaritan’s hospice services expand to serve Mercer, Camden, and Gloucester Counties.


Hospice of Burlington County incorporates as a community-based not-for-profit organization. Clark Dingman serves as the first executive director.


Hospice services begin with a census of ten patients per day.


Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders funds hospice research project conducted by Visiting Homemaker and Health Services Inc.