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40 years of excellence

 

Enjoy this new video, 40 Years of Excellence that looks back on the history of Kansas City Hospice and forward to an amazing future!

 

40 years ago, on November 3, 1980, Kansas City Hospice served its first patient and continued on to care for 74 more patients and families by the end of that year. We were fortunate to have a glimpse into the early days when we heard from the first nurse Mary Lou Hathaway as she joined us virtually at Sunday Night Live, last month. She reflected on creating the original mission statement and developing initial protocols.

Milestones

  • 1980 – Kansas City Hospice served its first patient on November 3
  • 1984 – KCH achieved Medicare Hospice Certification
  • 1989 – The Pediatrics team was formed, now called Carousel
  • 1996 – KCH Foundation was formed
  • 1996 – The first annual Camp Carousel was held
  • 2003 – A new name – Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care
  • 2004 – Palliative Home Health team was formed
  • 2005 – Palliative Medicine Fellowship was created – the first in our region
  • 2006 – Kansas City Hospice House™ was opened – the first in our city & state
  • 2009 – Solace House joined the scope of services
  • 2010 – The first annual Camp Erin was introduced to the community
  • 2015 – NorthCare Hospice & NorthCare Hospice House became part of the family
  • 2016 – The signature fundraising event evolved into “Sunday Night Live“
  • 2019 – Served more than 5,400 patients and individuals across all of programs

Looking to the future

As of 2020, we proudly employ more than 370 staff, we serve nearly 500 patients every day and support more than 3,300 bereaved at any one point in time during the year. While the numbers are impressive, the impact is what is important.

Our mission is to bring expert care, peace of mind, comfort, guidance, and hope to people who are affected by life-limiting illness or by grief. When we achieve our mission, we achieve our vision which is each person in our community is valued from life through death and each family is supported in their grief.

About Us

 
The mission of Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care is to bring expert care, peace of mind, comfort, guidance, and hope to people who are affected by life-limiting illness or by grief. Our vision is that each person in our community is valued from life through death and each family is supported in their grief.

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Our Programs

There's a long list of hospices in Kansas City, but there's only one Kansas City Hospice. Our programs provide comprehensive expert care for all ages at all stages of serious illness.

Hospice Care

When the focus shifts to comfort instead of treatment, care comes to your home or nursing facility with a plan tailored to your needs, including emotional and spiritual support for the whole family.

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Hospice Care

Palliative Home Health Care

When complex needs benefit from a team approach, supportive home care brings the care you need, with 24/7 nurse support for pain, stress and symptoms due to serious illness.

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Palliative Home Health Care

Advanced Illness Support

Beginning as early as diagnosis and at any stage of serious illness, our nurse practitioners make home visits as needed to help coordinate your care and provide expert pain and symptom management.

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Advanced Illness Support
Hospice House

Hospice House

When symptoms cannot be easily managed at home, two hospice houses provide 24/7 expert care in comfortable home-line settings where family members can be relieved of caregiving duties to focus on loved ones.

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Carousel Pediatric Care

Carousel provides palliative and hospice care for perinatal and for babies through young adults with a dedicated team of pediatric nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists.

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Carousel Pediatric Care
Solace House

Solace House

Our center for grief and healing supports individuals and families who have been impacted by the death of a loved one, whether anticipated, or sudden and unexpected. We provide opportunities to share, listen, learn and heal with peer group support from age 3 through adult.

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