In the middle 1970‟s, the concept of hospice was introduced into the United States. Ten years later,a grass roots group of Fayette County residents began discussing their vision for local, end-of-life palliative care and their desire to develop a hospice to serve the area. “Hospice of Fayette County” was christened in 1988 with the central foundation of “neighbor helping neighbor.” Everyone involved was a tireless volunteer who worked out of the trunk of a car.
The group found that their first hurdles were to educate the public about this new kind of end-of-life care and to raise funds. With growing financial help from willing supporters, the first employee (a social worker) was hired in 1990 and Medicare certification was achieved.
From our beginning as a grass roots movement, we have grown steadily to provide superior care and superior services to more and more patients and families. We have also achieved accreditation and The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in home care. Our focus, as it has been from the beginning, continues to be on restoring dignity and ensuring quality of life with purpose, grace and support for those with life-limiting illnesses.