Arkansas Hospice is celebrating “Caring for 30 Years” as Monday, January 17th marked the organization’s 30th anniversary. Arkansas Hospice is the state’s largest nonprofit provider of hospice care as well as the only hospice in the state to be certified by the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs for nonprofit service to Arkansas’ veteran population. Since its inception in 1992, the community-based provider has grown to ten regional offices and three inpatient centers providing care for nearly 600 patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families across a 43-county service area.
“Continuing and expanding the mission of Arkansas Hospice can be attributed to our visionary founders, Dee Brazil-Dale and the late Michael V. Aureli,” said Judy Wooten, AH president and CEO. “We continue to thrive because of our dedicated employees, whose compassion sets the standard for care throughout the state. 2022 marks not only a celebration of caring since 1992, but also a time to look to the future as we continue to develop new and better ways to serve our fellow Arkansans.”
Arkansas Hospice has expanded its continuum of care through the years by opening its own inpatient centers, launching a palliative care division in 2015 and most recently the acquisition of home health provider First Choice Senior Care in January of this year.
“Our goal is to help Arkansans live better. We do this by not only meeting their physical needs but their emotional and spiritual ones as well,” said Dr. Brian Bell, AH chief medical officer. “Care extends beyond the patient to their family and surrounding communities through grief support, volunteers, veterans services, and many other programs.”
According to Arkansas Hospice, planning is currently underway for a company-wide and community event to celebrate the anniversary later this year, with more announcements coming regarding service lines and patient care.