NPHI Statement on the Passing of Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – In the aftermath of the former First Lady, Mrs. Rosalynn Carter’s passing, Tom Koutsoumpas, CEO of the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI) and a leading advocate for not-for-profit advanced illness, hospice, and palliative care providers, has issued the following statement:

“NPHI is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, just days after her courageous decision to enter hospice-at-home care,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, NPHI CEO. “We send our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers to Rosalynn Carter’s family, particularly her husband, President Jimmy Carter who is currently receiving  hospice care. We are confident that the former President continues to receive the full complement of high-quality, and personalized care services, including vital bereavement support for him and his family at this time.”

Former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter’s decision to enter hospice has ignited a national conversation around important health care options available during any stage of life, including both in-patient and in the home, as well as end-of-life issues, including hospice and palliative care options. Along with the former president and first lady, millions of Americans facing advance illness and their caregivers face challenges in how to make the best care decisions possible as they age.

“Rosalynn Carter’s legacy extends beyond her time in the White House, as she continued to be a force for positive change in the years that followed. Her unwavering dedication to humanitarian causes, from mental health to caregiving, serves as an inspiration to us all. In mourning her passing, we celebrate the life of a trailblazer who used her position of influence to advocate for those often overlooked, leaving behind a legacy of compassion, empathy, and a call to action for a more inclusive and supportive society.”

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About NPHI
The National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI) is a membership organization comprising 100+ not-for-profit, community-integrated hospice and palliative care providers dedicated to ensuring patients and their families have access to care that reflects their individual goals, values, and preferences. Representing providers from 37 states and the District of Columbia, NPHI and its members help design more innovative and effective models of care, advocate for comprehensive and community-integrated care customized to meet each person’s unique needs, and build collaboration between national thought leaders, decision-makers, and other healthcare stakeholders to improve hospice care. Learn more at