History & Highlights

A proud history began when, in the late 1970s, several physicians and hospital administrators met to discuss the need for better end-of-life care in Kansas City. As a result, Kansas City Hospice was founded in 1980 and was initially supported financially by these hospitals and local foundations. Medicare began covering hospice services in l982, and eventually the organization was able to support itself with Medicare and insurance payments along with public support through donations.

From 1995 to 2003, Kansas City Hospice was a member of a large, nonprofit, multi- hospital system called Health Midwest. The hospitals were sold in 2003, however, and we once again became an independent, community-based organization.

Over the years, a wide range of specialized services have developed to better meet the unique needs of people facing a life-threatening diagnosis. These programs include Carousel pediatric palliative care, Kansas City Palliative Medicine, and Palliative Home Care, for patients who aren’t ready for hospice and who may be receiving treatments for a cure. With the addition of these programs, Kansas City Hospice became Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care in 2005 to reflect its range of services available for people at any stage of serious illness.

In April 2006, we opened Kansas City Hospice House™ in south Kansas City, for hospice patients who have care needs too great to be addressed at home. Kansas City Hospice House™ is a beautiful and homelike facility that provides a high level of medical and nursing care.

In July 2015, NorthCare Hospice merged with Kansas City Hospice to form the largest hospice in the greater Kansas City area. Having served the Northland since 1995, the addition of NorthCare enhances our ability to provide quality care throughout our community. NorthCare Hospice House, located on the campus of North Kansas City Hospital, gives those we serve another wonderful option for inpatient care.

Thanks to generous donations, Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care provides services to the uninsured. In addition to memorial donations and gifts from individuals, businesses and organizations, the community helps support our efforts through special events. Top Drawer, an upscale resale shop also provides needed support.

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

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

Palliative Home Health

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

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

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
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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