The Madison-Deane Initiative (MDI) is the education arm for VNA’s End-of-Life Care services. It was created in 1997 to educate the general public and medical professionals about quality care at the end of life. The MDI program offers educational programs to the community, answering questions on topics related to quality care at the end of life.


The mission of the Madison-Deane Initiative is to improve end-of-life care through inspiration, education, and collaboration.

Vision Statement

It is the vision of the Madison-Deane Initiative to:

  • Be a catalyst for the acceptance of death as a natural part of life.
  • Be a leader for education, information and resources relevant to end-of-life issues.
  • Support those who create and encourage dialog about how individuals and families face life-threatening illness.

Pioneers Of Hospice: Changing the Face of Dying

Four visionaries stand out in the history of the modern hospice movement. What they saw of the process of dying changed their lives. They were appalled, not by the natural act itself, but how our society hides it, denies it, misunderstands it and fails utterly to cope with it. The makers of this film traveled to three countries to interview these remarkable pioneers. Meet Dame Cicely Saunders, Florence Wald, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and Balfour Mount. The result of these reminiscences with the early founders of hospice is a documentary of historic importance and a riveting film.

To purchase a DVD of this film, please contact: Kellie Parks at .

Committee Members

  • Geri Amori
  • Brookes Cowan
  • Estelle Deane
  • Linda Fishell
  • Pam MacPherson
  • Joan Madison
  • Peg Maffitt
  • Holly Miller
  • Nancy Wright

To learn more about the Madison-Deane Initiative

Call Kelly Fridinger-Dydula, or use the contact form to the upper right.

802 860-4410