The Denver Hospice is guided by our mission and values.

Our mission, values and not-for-profit status are key to our ability to provide the consistently high-quality, compassionate care that is the hallmark of The Denver Hospice.

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 Not-for-Profit Status

When Carolyn Jaffe—an ICU nurse—founded The Denver Hospice in 1978, she wanted it to be a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Community supporters agreed, believing that a mission-driven organization would be 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 our not-for-profit status a “deciding factor.”
  • The Denver Hospice provides care to all who can benefit from our care regardless of their ability to pay. We provide services 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 initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to meeting community need – not the needs of far-off shareholders or private owners.
  • Excess revenues are reinvested in our community to care 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 that ensure a smooth transition to hospice care when appropriate. The Denver Hospice provides many bereavement programs, including the Footprints Children’s Grief Center which serves more than 3,500 families each year.