40 years – we’ve reached this important milestone thanks to those who supported us from the very beginning and to those who support our organization every day. These people include volunteers, donors, employees, physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other important community medical providers. Each and every one contributes toward making our mission possible.
In 1978, our founders — Carolyn Jaffe, RN and Peter Van Arsdale, PhD — recognized the need for comprehensive, expert and collaborative care for those facing aging, serious illness and grief. They assisted us in securing initial funding and laying the ground work for us to become what we are today — an innovative, compassionate and comprehensive nonprofit hospice and palliative care organization.
The Denver Hospice has grown significantly over the past 40 years. We now serve nearly 4,000 hospice and 2,000 palliative care patients and their families every year in nine metropolitan Denver counties, from Boulder to Castle Rock and from Golden to Bennett. We provide care in our patients’ homes, our state-of-the-art inpatient care center, retirement communities, skilled nursing homes and other locations where our skills are needed.
Our staff has grown from three to more than 300. We also have one of the largest volunteer programs in Colorado. Our volunteers contribute thousands of hours every year, which translates into additional services for our patients and their families. Volunteers help with patient visits, caregiver respite, integrative therapy services and more.
It is such an exciting year for The Denver Hospice. Throughout the year, we intend to take time to reflect on our past, celebrate our accomplishments and position ourselves for the future so that we can assist our community’s growing aging population.