Awards & Accolades

The most important award for Arkansas Hospice is to know that every patient and family has been provided with the most complete care available through their journey. On occasion, providing this care translates into special recognition by our industry associations and peers.

2019 Awards

We Honor Veterans 
Level 5 Partner 

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s We Honor Veterans team promoted Arkansas Hospice to a Level 5 Partner, the highest recognition awarded by the nationwide program that aims to improve the care of veterans nearing the end of life. Arkansas Hospice is 1 of only 9 inaugural Level 5 partners in the nation, and the only hospice care provider in the state to be granted this status.

Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration
Commemorative Partner

Arkansas Hospice has been accepted as a Commemorative Partner by the Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration for demonstrating activities that recognize Vietnam veterans and their families’ service, valor, and sacrifice.

HEALTHCAREfirst
Hospice Honors Award and Hospice Honors Elite Award

Arkansas Hospice was named a 2019 recipient of the Hospice Honors Elite and Hospice Honors awards, which recognize agencies continuously providing the highest level of quality care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. The Hospice Honors Elite Award recognizes Arkansas Hospice offices and inpatient centers in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Hot Springs, Monticello, Pine Bluff and Searcy. The Hospice Honors Award recognizes the organization’s locations in Batesville, Berryville, Rogers and Russellville.

2018 Awards 

HEALTHCAREfirst
Hospice Honors Award
Arkansas Hospice was named a 2018 recipient of the Hospice Honors award, which recognizes agencies continuously providing the highest level of quality care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. The award recognizes Arkansas Hospice offices and inpatient centers in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Hot Springs, Monticello, Pine Bluff and Searcy.

Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Arkansas
Heart Awards
Two recipients of the 2018 HPCAA Heart Awards had special ties to Arkansas Hospice. The Champion Award was given posthumously to Dr. Reed Thompson, our longtime medical director who was a true pioneer in the field of comfort care through his work at Arkansas Hospice, UAMS and the Central Arkansas VA System. Dr. Thompson’s impact on his patients, colleagues and the organizations he served made a permanent mark that will be realized for generations to come. The Hospice Caregiver Award was presented to Stephanie Parsons, one of our generous donors and the daughter of an Arkansas Hospice patient. To honor her father, Art, Stephanie created Art’s Angels to help hospice patients in need. Both awards were presented at the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of Arkansas’s Partners in Care Conference.

Arkansas Hospital Association
Diamond Awards
The Media Division of Arkansas Hospice won three Diamond Awards given by the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations. Arkansas Hospice’s 25th anniversary video received the award for the Print/Digital category, and the organization’s “Family Support with Comfort for All” advertisements won the award in the Advertising – Total Campaign category. In addition, the Arkansas Hospice Foundation’s “You Deserve Our Hugs” end-of-year appeal for 2017 won a Diamond Award in the Foundation category. A certificate of excellence was also awarded in the Special Event category for Arkansas Hospice’s Honoring Veterans event that was held on Nov. 8, 2017, in Berryville.

2017 Awards 

Unity Health Foundation
Spirit of Unity award
Shari Wells, MSN, APRN, received this award for going above and beyond to provide excellent care. Shari is part of our Supportive Care Services that are provided in Searcy by Unity Health and our Arkansas Palliative Care subsidiary.

Arkansas Hospital Association
Diamond Awards
The Media Division of Arkansas Hospice won in the Foundation category for A Fair to Remember 2016 and in the Writing category for “Arnie Makes a Splash.” The Diamond Awards are sponsored by the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations.

Deyta Analytics
Hospice Honors Award and Hospice Honors Elite Award
Arkansas Hospice received the Hospice Honors Award, and the Hospice Honors Elite Award was given to Arkansas Hospice’s Russellville office and inpatient center. The awards recognize the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

Blue & You Foundation
Grant Recipient
For the second year in a row, Arkansas Hospice received a $150,000 grant from the Blue & You Foundation to fund our subsidiary organization, Arkansas Palliative Care, which is being piloted in Searcy in conjunction with Unity Health. 

2016 Awards

Arkansas Business
Best of Business Awards Winner – Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization and Best Nonprofit Fundraising Event
In addition to being named as the Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization, Arkansas Hospice’s signature event, A Fair to Remember, was chosen as the Best Nonprofit Fundraising Event.

Arkansas Hospital Association
Diamond Awards
The Media Division of Arkansas Hospice won in the Annual Report category for our 2014 Fiscal Year in Review and in the Writing category for “We Honor Veterans: The Story of Cletis Overton.” Certificates of excellence were also awarded in the Advertising-Special Visuals category for the 2016 Arkansas Hospice Therapy Dog & Friends Calendar and in the Advertising-Total Campaign category for the organization’s minority outreach advertising.

Deyta Analytics
Hospice Honors Award and Hospice Honors Elite Award
Arkansas Hospice received the Hospice Honors Award, and the Hospice Honors Elite Award was given to Arkansas Hospice’s Russellville office and inpatient center. The awards recognize hospice agencies that provided the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

Alzheimer’s Arkansas
Outstanding Support Group Facilitator of the Year Award
Amy Thomason, Arkansas Hospice’s Community Liaison in Hot Springs, was named 2016’s Outstanding Support Group Facilitator of the Year by Alzheimer’s Arkansas.

Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen
Grant Recipient
For the second year in a row, the Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen named Arkansas Hospice as a grant recipient. Part of the $62,326 award is for Arkansas Hospice’s Charitable Care Fund, and part of it is for our Bereavement Services to help the loved ones of our breast cancer patients in need of grief support.

Blue & You Foundation
Grant/Private Gift from the Grace W. Dyer Sturgeon Trust
Thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Blue & You Foundation and a private gift from the Grace W. Dyer Sturgeon Trust, Arkansas Hospice started a new subsidiary organization, Arkansas Palliative Care. This new program is being piloted in Searcy in conjunction with Unity Health.

2015 Awards

Deyta
Hospice Honors Elite Award

Arkansas Hospice was named a recipient of the Hospice Honors Elite Award. An additional Hospice Honors Elite Award was also given to Arkansas Hospice’s Russellville office and inpatient center. Receiving the honor places Arkansas Hospice in the top 2 percent of 1,700 hospices across the nation that use Deyta’s services.

We Honor Veterans
Level 4 Partner
We Honor Veterans has promoted Arkansas Hospice to a Level 4 Partner, the highest recognition awarded by the nationwide program that aims to improve the care of veterans nearing the end of life.

Arkansas Hospital Association
Diamond Awards
The Media Division of Arkansas Hospice won two Diamond Awards, one for the Arkansas Hospice 2013 Annual Report and another in the Foundation category for A Fair to Remember.

Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen
Grant Recipient Arkansas Hospice was awarded a $23,000 for its program entitled Charitable Care for Breast Cancer Patients. This project will provide the full complement of hospice care to breast cancer patients and their families who are facing the end of life but cannot afford the expense, do not have private insurance and do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid coverage.

2014 Awards

Arkansas Business
Best of Business Awards Winner – Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization and Best Nonprofit Fundraising Event
For the second year in a row, Arkansas Hospice was named as the Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization in the 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.

Deyta
Hospice Honors Elite Award 

Receiving the honor places Arkansas Hospice in the top 2 percent of 1,700 hospices across the nation that use Deyta’s services. The Hospice Honors Elite Award recognizes Arkansas Hospice offices and inpatient centers in Little Rock and North Little Rock, Hot Springs, Pine Bluff, Monticello, Conway and Searcy.

Deyta
Hospice Honors Award
For the second year in a row, Arkansas Hospice Russellville received this award, which is based on the combined caregiver survey scores for the Arkansas Hospice Russellville home-based office and the Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home. Deyta introduced its Hospice Honors Award program last year, making Arkansas Hospice Russellville one of the first in the country to receive the honor.

Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Arkansas
Volunteer Hospice Heart Award
Sandy Isom, a volunteer at Arkansas Hospice’s Conway office, received the Volunteer Hospice Heart Award. The award is presented each year at the HPCAA’s Partners in Care Conference.

Arkansas Health Care Association
Volunteer of the Year
Lucy Star Walker, one of Arkansas Hospice’s certified therapy dogs, was the first therapy dog to ever be chosen as a Volunteer of the Year by the Arkansas Health Care Association. Lucy, a Petite Goldendoodle, is certified by Therapy Dogs International and was nominated by Cabot Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where she and owner Susan Walker visit each week.

Arkansas Hospital Association
Diamond Awards
The Media Division of Arkansas Hospice won two Diamond Awards, one for the Arkansas Hospice 2012 Annual Report and another for a feature story on Sarah Kempker, an Arkansas Hospice patient who served as a bombardier during World War II. A certificate of excellence also was awarded in the Foundation category for the 2013 end-of-year solicitation.

2013 Awards

Arkansas Business 9th Annual Best of Business Awards
Winner – Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization 

Arkansas Hospice was named the Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization in the Arkansas Business 9th Annual Best of Business Awards.

Arkansas Business
Winner – Nonprofit CFO of the Year

Arkansas Hospice Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Kathy Jones was named the 2013 Arkansas Business Nonprofit CFO of the Year at a ceremony on November 6.

Deyta
Hospice Honors Award 

Arkansas Hospice Russellville was named as a recipient of the Hospice Honors Award given by Deyta, a data-gathering company that partners with thousands of hospice, home health, human services and other healthcare organizations.

Arkansas Hospital Association
Diamond Awards

The Media Department of Arkansas Hospice won two Diamond Awards, one for the Arkansas Hospice 2011 Annual Report and another in the total campaign category for A Fair to Remember.

Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Arkansas
Volunteer Hospice Heart Award
Paula Coan, a volunteer for Arkansas Hospice’s Russellville office, received the Volunteer Hospice Heart Award for the second year in a row.

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