Our Mission

First established in 1989, the Tennessee Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (TNHPCO) is dedicated to improving patient safety and quality related to complex serious illness and end-of-life care.  TNHPCO members include palliative care and hospice organizations caring for patients with complex and advanced illnesses, as well as support members who believe in the goals of TNHPCO and wish to support the association. TNHPCO is advocacy-based—serving as the link between its membership and state, federal and national organizations with expertise in palliative and end-of-life care. TNHPC0 also provides continuing education programs to ensure the highest quality of care is provided at during seious illness and the end of life for patients and loved ones; and works to increase awareness of patient choice, quality of life, symptom management, and care at the end of life among its membership and the public.


The Tennessee Hospice Organization and Palliative Care Organization (TNHPCO) promotes excellence in hospice, palliative and end-of-life care through education and advocacy.


Ensuring that all people living with an advanced illness and their loved ones have access to the highest quality of care and support during complex, serious illness and at the end of life.

Guiding Principles:

  • Help Tennessee's palliative care organizations and hospices continually improve the quality of the care delivered to patients and their loved ones in our state.
    Identify and resolve questions and issues related to palliative and hospice care.
  • Promote and provide communication among healthcare professional organizations within Tennessee, including state government agencies, boards, and Honoring Choices Tennessee.
  • Serve as the link between state and national organizations with interest or expertise in complex, serious illness, end-of-life care, including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the Hospice & Palliative Nursing Association.
  • Identify, develop and coordinate resource information to assist local palliative care and hospice programs.
  • Promote the development and dissemination of public and continuing professional education related to complex serious illness and end-of-life care.