The Denver Hospice is guided by our mission and values.

Our mission, values and nonprofit status are key to our ability to provide the consistently high-quality, compassionate care that is The Denver Hospice hallmark.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to encircle those facing advanced illness with unprecedented levels
of comfort, compassion and expertise.

Our Values

Assume Positive Intent – Respect – Safety – Choice – Compassion – Efficiency
Together, these principles help create a common culture
and guide us in making the best decisions.

Our Nonprofit Status

When Carolyn Jaffe—an ICU nurse—founded The Denver Hospice in 1978, she wanted it to be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Community supporters agreed, believing that a mission-driven organization was best for delivering the sensitive, high-quality care people deserve at the end of life.

What does being a not-for-profit hospice mean three decades later?

  • It helps draw and retain exceptional staff members. Our 400 employees and 480 volunteers call it a “deciding factor.”
  • Individuals in hospice receive care regardless of their ability to pay. Services are provided for the benefit of our community, not shareholders. Decisions on delivery strategies, personnel, new programs, and community outreach are made to enhance care, not to reward shareholders or private owners. Our Inpatient Care Center at Lowry, children’s grief services and palliative care services are examples of community-focused decisions.
  • Profits are reinvested in caring for the serious and terminally ill and their families.
  • Patient’s needs are best met across the continuum of care.The Denver Hospice provides services before an individual is ready for hospice; we provide needed supportive services, transitioning smoothly to hospice care when appropriate. The Denver Hospice provides many bereavement programs, including Footprints Children’s Grief Center to more than 3,500 families each year.