PHRF is in the process of restructuring the foundation and changing the way it delivers some of its programs. During this time please continue to contact us using the “Contact Us” page and we will address your request to the best of our ability. Thank you for your patience!






Panama Hospice and Respite Foundation (PHRF) is a non tax oriented Private Interest Foundation which provides services free of charge. We advance our mission of assisting hospice clients and their families as well as those who need help in a health crisis situation.


It is our hope that as a life draws to its end we feel respected and loved and well tended by those who ease our suffering during our final journey.


While we hope to extend services to all members of the community, in our inception phase we must limit services to those in our community who speak English.


We want to help clients who are actively dying and give respite services to their caregivers. As well we give crisis support to those with a temporary health disability or illness. Another focus is to provide critical death and dying information to the community.


We are sustained by the generous donations from our community where we live and those we serve. Donations are accepted as funds and also in kind. Checks are made out to “Panama Hospice and Respite Foundation.“


History of Hospice.


The word "hospice" comes from the Latin "hospitium" meaning guesthouse. It was originally described a place of shelter for weary and sick travelers returning from religious pilgrimages. During the 1960's, Dr. Cicely Saunders began the modern hospice movement by establishing St. Christopher's Hospice near London. St. Christopher's organized a team approach to professional caregiving, and was the first program to use modern pain management techniques to compassionately care for the dying. The first hospice in the United States was established in New Haven, Connecticut in 1974. Now hospice centers are throughout the world.


Please review the Menu on the left to find more detailed information about our programs.


We are looking for caring and dedicated people to become volunteers to assist our clients as well as many other activities such as clerical duties, and transportation of equipment. Click here to learn more.


Please contact us for more information.