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The Hattie Ide Chaffee Home is a unique, nonprofit, skilled health care facility located in East Providence, Rhode Island. It was founded in 1947 by Dr. Herman Pitts, a dedicated cancer specialist, and Mrs. James Carmack, the state regional commander of the Woman’s Field Army, a division of the American Cancer Society. Their mutual goal was to provide skilled healthcare within a home-like environment for patients with cancer. Over the years, the home has expanded its mission to include all types of patients who need skilled care.

Our History

Hattie Ide Chaffee Home was founded in 1947 by Dr. Herman Pitts, a dedicated cancer specialist, and Mrs. James Carmack, the state regional commander of the Woman’s Field Army, a division of the American Cancer Society. Under the direction of Dr. Pitts, the facility first opened its doors to patients on December 6, 1948, on South Broadway in East Providence.

He established the home’s mission to be the only nonprofit nursing facility in Rhode Island dedicated to providing skilled care within a homelike environment to patients with cancer. The facility was made possible by a gift of land and residence from East Providence businessman Walter Chaffee and named in honor of his mother, Hattie Ide Chaffee. Additional gifts from other public support totaled $40,000.

Hattie Ide Chaffee opened its present facility in January 1960 with a building fund of $700,000. This fund was raised from memorial gifts and public subscriptions. Over the years, the home has expanded its mission to include all types of patients who need skilled services.  Today, we strive to continue the outstanding tradition of care that has been provided by the home for over sixty years. Hattie Ide Chaffee takes pride in providing exceptionally high staffing ratios.

Our Mission

It’s the mission of Hattie Ide Chaffee Home to ensure the best quality care. This comes from having the finest staff. Hattie Ide Chaffee’s highly trained staff is equipped to respond to the most complex medical problem. The home’s frequent reviews continue to meet or exceed the highest standards set by the State of RI. The facility has been licensed by the State of Rhode Island, and certified by the State Medicaid and the Federal Medicare Programs. In addition, the facility also offers physical, occupational, and speech/language therapy.

Through its nonprofit status, volunteer board of directors, physician involvement, and generous bequests, Hattie Ide Chaffee continues to thrive. True to its 60+ year history, the home offers skilled and respite care for those in need. For families who seek the best for their loved ones, Hattie Ide Chaffee offers the comfort, satisfaction, and assurance that come from attentive and professional staff.

Hattie Ide Chaffee Home complies with HIPAA guidelines in its daily operations.