Arkansas Hospice Celebrates 25th Anniversary
January 17 marks the 25th anniversary of Arkansas Hospice, the state’s largest hospice organization. Since its inception, the community-based, nonprofit organization has grown from one location to eight offices and three inpatient centers that serve more than 500 patients each day throughout a 33-county service area.
Judith Wooten, President and CEO, remarked: “The early success of Arkansas Hospice can be attributed to our visionary founders, Dee Brazil-Dale and the late Michael V. Aureli. We have continued to thrive because of our wonderful employees, whose dedication and compassion set the standard for hospice care throughout the state. This year is not only a celebration of our history, but also a time to look to the future, as we continue to develop new and better ways to serve Arkansans facing serious illness and loss.”
Dr. Brian Bell, Arkansas Hospice Chief Medical Officer, added, “Arkansas Hospice realizes that our patients are more than just the illness they have, and we strive not only to meet their physical needs but their emotional and spiritual ones as well. Knowing and understanding them as a person is just as important to us as knowing their medical history. It is an honor and privilege to care for those living with a life-limiting illness. Our goal is to ensure that they and their loved ones get the highest quality care we can provide.”
What makes Arkansas Hospice different?
- As a nonprofit organization, Arkansas Hospice has a special commitment to patients and families in rural areas of the state, minorities, and other underserved populations, providing the same high-quality care to all, regardless of ability to pay.
- Arkansas Hospice is the state’s only Level 4 Partner with We Honor Veterans, a nationwide program that focuses on improving care for veterans nearing end-of-life. We are also the first hospice in the nation to employ a fully accredited veteran’s claims agent to help veterans secure the VA benefits they deserve.
- Arkansas Palliative Care, a subsidiary of Arkansas Hospice, was formed in 2015 to make palliative care services available to patients earlier in their disease process. Last year alone, we served almost 500 patients through our first community partnership with Unity Health – White County Medical Center.
- Arkansas Hospice is the only hospice in the state to have a dedicated pediatric team. Our pediatric program cared for the end-of-life needs of over 30 children and their families in fiscal year 2016.
- Over the last 25 years, Arkansas Hospice has won multiple awards for its service to Arkansans, most recently being named the Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization in the 2016 Arkansas Business Best of Business Awards. In addition, Arkansas Hospice’s signature event, A Fair to Remember, was chosen as the Best Nonprofit Fundraising Event in 2016
The mission of Arkansas Hospice is to enhance the quality of life for those facing serious illness and loss by surrounding them with love and embracing them with the best in physical, emotional and spiritual care. For more information, please call 501-748-3333 or (toll-free) 877-713-2348 or visit www.arkansashospice.org.