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End-of-Life Care

New Horizons Long-term Care Unit

Located inside Ketchikan Medical Center, the New Horizons Long-term Care Unit is a Medicare/Medicaid licensed Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF).

We provide care and comfort for patients at the end of their life and assist with their Hospice care as well as providing transitional care for patients as they prepare to return home, enter an assisted living facility, or receive additional acute care. A discreet section of our facility is devoted to an end-of-life care suite. Designed to feel more like a home than a hospital, the unit provides a comfortable, private place with immediate access to medical care for people who are terminally ill and their families.


New Horizons Long-term Care
3100 Tongass Avenue
Ketchikan AK 99901
Phone: (907) 228-8300 Ext 7988
Richard Sayer, RN

Home Based Hospice

The mission of Ketchikan Volunteer Hospice is to provide quality in-home hospice care to the terminally ill and their families. We strive to ensure comfort, dignity, and choices for the dying person and the grieving family while attending to physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Hospice care involves a team of health care professionals and trained volunteers who, along with the patient and their family, tailor a plan to meet the patient’s needs and wishes during the transition period of dying.


Volunteer Hospice
2417 Tongass Avenue, Suite 201
Ketchikan AK 99901
Phone: (907) 228-8300 x7391
Tyler Pitts, RN, Coordinator

No One Dies Alone (NODA)

Occasionally, terminally ill patients come to Ketchikan Medical Center who have neither family nor close friends to be with them as they near the end of their life.  NODA is a volunteer program which provides the reassuring presence of a volunteer companion to dying patients.  With the support of the nursing staff, companions are able to assist patients through a dignified death process with services provided in a home-like atmosphere.


Pastoral Care
3100 Tongass Ave.
Ketchikan AK 99901
Phone: (907) 228-8300 Ext. 7960
Margie Adams, Chaplain