Committed to Care

CareFirst, a nonprofit organization, provides complete hospice, palliative care, and grief support services to residents of Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties of New York State.

Three interdisciplinary teams in Painted Post, Elmira, and Bath provide individualized care to patients and their families, primarily in the home.

Each team provides physician services, home care nursing, social work, spiritual care, grief services, and the assistance of trained volunteers. The team works in cooperation with the patient’s personal physician to provide compassionate professional care and support for patients and their families.

"To the Hospice folks, words cannot express our thanks and appreciation for your tender touch and loving professionalism during our Dad's illness. We will always remember our nurse's expert skills and abilities as well as her personal touch."

The mission of CareFirst has been consistent since its founding days. The entire staff is mission driven. Led by the Senior Management team and the Board of Directors, the strategic plan evolves to the growing needs of the community. Please view the testimonials from a cross section of the community

Our Mission

CareFirst serves families throughout Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties.

The mission of CareFirst is “Affirming life through extraordinary, compassionate support and care for the seriously ill and grieving.


Our Leadership

Jeff Yockavitch, CEO  yockavitchj@carefirstny.org

Chelsea Ambrose, Director of Clinical Services ambrosec@carefirstny.org

Dan DeNunzio, Director of Information Technology denunziod@carefirstny.org

Tali Sutton, Director of Operations suttont@carefirstny.org