Who We Are
Our organization was founded in 1982 by nine volunteers who, with private funding and community donations, provided in-home hospice care for 18 patients in our first year of operation. Today, Hospice of Central Ohio has cared for thousands of patients throughout Central Ohio.
With assistance from hundreds of dedicated staff and volunteers, we offer comprehensive hospice care from our offices in Newark, Lancaster, Columbus and the Selma Markowitz Care Center at Licking Memorial Hospital.
Many factors influence where patients and families receive care – wishes, desires, symptoms, the patient’s support network and much more. Regardless of the setting, Hospice of Central Ohio’s team approach to providing high-quality, end-of-life care remains the same.
We accept all eligible patients regardless of their ability to pay, complexity of care or severity of need.
Our team of highly dedicated and expertly trained individuals include physicians, registered nurses, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains, bereavement counselors and trained volunteers.
Medicare requires all hospices to provide services to a minimum standard. Hospice of Central Ohio goes above and beyond those standards to give the best care. Being a non-profit organization allows us to use money that would have been paid out to shareholders or private equity to provide more services.
Our mission is to celebrate the lives of those we have the privilege of serving by providing superior care and superior services to each patient and family.
Patients of Hospice of Central Ohio receive compassionate, individualized end-of-life care. Their desires guide the physical, emotional, and spiritual care support we provide. Members of our community—patients’ families, children, and anyone experiencing loss—find support through bereavement services.
Our Organizational Values
- We value the best possible living and a peaceful death.
- We value and honor the patient’s and family’s needs and end-of-life wishes.
- We are a community asset, not just another healthcare provider.
- We value and respect each other and the community’s support.
- We strive to meet the community’s needs for end-of-life care.