Halcyon Hospice & Palliative Care brings a clinically-directed, interdisciplinary team to nurture, support, and heal during the last stages of an illness and into the bereavement period.

We specialize in the physical, social, spiritual, and emotional care of our patients and their families. We have professionals and volunteers available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our Mission

Halcyon Hospice is committed to a standard of excellence in providing sensitive, patient-centered healthcare to hospice patients and families.

Our Philosophy

At any point in our lives, we (or a loved one) may be faced with the transitions of a life-limiting illness or incurable disease. Hospice is precisely for those moments – to pause, to be present, to listen, to bring peace, and to settle the restlessness that can accompany the uncertainty of change.

  • Hospice care is faithfully holistic and focuses on the unique, personal wishes of an individual patient and family.
  • Hospice care does not seek to cure life-limiting disease, it does not seek to hasten or prolong death. Instead hospice care offers comfort and support for patients and their families.
  • Hospice care allows for emotional and spiritual growth while physical conditions change.
  • Hospice care is provided anywhere a patient calls home.
  • Hospice care honors the potential for growth in this cycle of life, bringing a clinically-directed, interdisciplinary team to nurture, support, and heal during the last stages of an illness and into the bereavement period.
  • Hospice offers end of life care without regard to age, gender, nationality, race, creed, sexual orientation, disability, diagnosis, availability of a primary caregiver, or ability to pay.

Medical Directors

  • Jeanie Youngwerth, MD
    Jeanie Youngwerth, MD

    Jeanie Youngwerth, MD, serves Halcyon Hospice & Palliative Care as Associate Medical Director.  She is also an an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital.

    Dr. Youngwerth completed medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicare and her residency at the University of Colorado.  She also received training at the Palliative Care Education and Practice program through the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. In 2013, she received the honor of Fellow Status from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Her team at UCHealth is nationally recognized with the Joint Commission Advanced Certification in Palliative Care.

    Dr. Youngwerth’s clinical interests include caring for people living with serious illness, improving quality of life and well-being. She has been voted one of Denver’s Top Docs in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by 5280 magazine for 8 years.

  • Donald J. Murphy, MD
    Donald J. Murphy, MD

    Dr. Murphy brings 25 years of experience in hospice care and 30 years in palliative care to Halcyon Hospice & Palliative Care. Before assuming the full time role of medical director at Halcyon, he provided hospice and palliative care services to Halcyon patients part time.

    Dr. Murphy’s clinical background includes working with clinicians, primary care doctors and specialists in a variety of clinics, assisted living residences and nursing homes along the Front Range. He also founded MESA (Medicare Expert Senior Access), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching physicians how to embrace the senior population, and served as chairman and longtime board member of the Colorado Health Foundation.

    Dr. Murphy is a graduate of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where he received both his Medical Degree and completed his Internal Medicine residency.  His research interests include developing guidelines for appropriate end of life care for seniors.  He has received many honors and awards in the areas of clinical teaching and has been voted one of the top Geriatricians in 5280 Magazine for multiple years.

Our Team

Medical Director

Develops a personalized and comprehensive care plan for each patient.

Registered Nurses

Provide hands-on care to manage pain and other symptoms.

Certified Nursing Assistants

Provide personal care such as proper grooming and hygiene care.

Social Workers

Advocate for each patient’s end-of-life wishes and help individuals address the emotional aspects of late-stage illnesses.

Consultant Pharmacists

Experts on medication management, drug effectiveness, side-effects and interactions.

Chaplains

Chaplains are specially trained in supporting people as they look at the spiritual aspect of their lives. They also assist with funeral planning and memorials.

Counselors

Help guide the way to hope and healing through individual counseling and support groups.

Holistic Therapists

Holistic therapies, such as aromatherapy and calming touch are included in each patient’s plan of care.

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Volunteers

Volunteers enhance the quality of life of the patient in many ways and help us provide a high level of patient care.

Want to be part of Our Team?

We are always looking to add talented individuals to our dedicated team.

We are her to help!

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