VITAS Inpatient Unit at St. Mary's Hospital

56 Franklin St.

4th Floor

Waterbury, CT 06706

When hospice patients need care beyond what can be managed at home, the VITAS Inpatient Hospice Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital provides the inpatient level of care to stabilize symptoms. In a homelike setting, our responsive and compassionate interdisciplinary team offers the patient individualized, round-the-clock care.

The team manages pain and other symptoms of the life-limiting illness while enhancing the quality of life for the patient and family. When a medical crisis brings a VITAS patient to our inpatient hospice unit, our goal is to support both the patient and the patient’s loved ones through a difficult time.

Meet the VITAS Inpatient Team

A VITAS IPU team manager

Team Manager

The team manager oversees all patient care in the inpatient hospice unit.
A VITAS physician


The physician closely monitors the progression of the patient’s illness, prescribes appropriate medications and coordinates care with other members of the team.
A VITAS hospice nurse

Hospice Nurse

The hospice nurse is skilled in assessing and managing pain and other symptoms. A nurse may also help with personal care.
A VITAS social worker

Social Worker

The social worker acts as a friendly and skilled listener and provides emotional support.
A VITAS chaplain


The chaplain ministers to the spiritual needs of patients and families of all faiths, and can work with their clergy.
A VITAS bereavement specialist

Bereavement Specialist

The bereavement specialist provides grief and loss support to the patient's loved ones.
A VITAS volunteer


The hospice volunteer can bring music or a Paw Pals animal companion, and spends quality time with the patient and family.
The VITAS Care Team