Hospice of the Western Reserve Celebrates 40th Anniversary

David Simpson Hospice House is shown under construction. When facility opened in January 1995, it was the first hospice care inpatient care facility in Northeast Ohio.   

Forty years ago, a small group of visionaries saw an unmet need in the community. They marshaled their passion and their resources, and with the help of friends, they established Cancer Family Service, Inc. This was the forerunner of what would eventually become Hospice of the Western Reserve. Over time, the tiny operation grew from caring for 23 cancer patients in 1978 to a nonprofit agency caring for more than 1,100 patients a day living with a wide range of advanced illnesses. Since its inception, the organization has cared for more than 120,000 people in Northern Ohio.

Delivering exceptional quality has been at the heart of the agency’s mission since its grassroots beginnings. As a result, Hospice of the Western Reserve’s quality scores as independently rated by families on Hospice Compare (medicare.gov/hospicecompare) continue to be among the highest in the region.

“We feel honored to have earned the trust of families in our community for so many years,” said Bill Finn, President and CEO. “Our role is to provide comfort and support during the transition that will allow each person to have the best quality of life possible. We provide comprehensive support not only for our patients, but for the entire family.

“As we head into the next 40 years, we will continue to innovate and evolve. We’re grateful for the community support that allows us to achieve our mission.” For more information, visit hospicewr.org/40years

Laurie Henrichsen

Public and Media Relations Manager

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 2:52 PM, 03.10.2019