Message from Melinda

In 1978, our founders — Carolyn Jaffe and Peter Van Arsdale — sat at a kitchen table to talk about how our growing community could do a better job of caring for individuals with a life-limiting illness or terminal diagnosis. They didn’t know their dream would grow into what The Denver Hospice is today: the region’s leading, largest and most trusted not-for-profit provider of life-enhancing hospice and palliative care.

Over the years, we’ve grown by hiring, training and retaining hospice and palliative care experts who embrace our mission and have dedicated their careers to providing personalized, compassionate care. We’ve grown because we have stayed innovative. We are the expert in end-of-life assessment, pain and symptom control, responsive medication management, cutting-edge therapies, psychosocial spiritual navigation and focused advance care planning. We’ve grown because we have stayed responsive to the needs of the broader health care community and have partnered with other medical professionals to improve patient care.

The addition of the Amy Davis Hospice Support Center, made possible through the generosity of individual donors, businesses and foundations and other caring individuals, helps ensure our ability to continue opening our arms to all who need us, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

Thank you for your belief in us and your support for those we are privileged to serve.

Sincerely,

Melinda Egging, CHC
President

The Amy Davis Support Center Breaks Ground!

Expansion of The Denver Hospice Means More Will “Be Loved In Their End Days”

Reporter Mekialaya White with Denver CBS4 reports on the ground breaking of the new 24,000 square foot Amy Davis Support Center being built at The Denver Hospice Lowry Campus. The center will allow The Denver Hospice to provide more community-based services for individuals facing a life-limiting illness. View the complete story and one patient’s perspective.

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Having an expanded and truly dedicated education space will allow for continued growth of The Denver Hospice University, allowing for more hands-on training in our new skills lab, improved education rooms for program delivery and better access to continuing education for our health care professionals, staff and volunteers.

Dean Fernandez, RN
Director of Admissions and Customer Service

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Join the Journey

We ask for you to partner with us in helping us fulfill our mission of encircling those facing advanced illness with unprecedented level of comfort, compassion and expertise. If you would like more information or a personal visit to discuss giving opportunities and methods of support, please contact The Denver Hospice development team at 303-303-321-2828 or giving@care4denver.org.

There is no better gift than helping to provide others with dignity at the end-of-life and helping ensure a comfortable, pain-free transition.

We hope you will choose to join us on this journey.

Supporters and Friends

On behalf of The Denver Hospice Board of Directors, it is my privilege to announce the newest asset to Denver’s medical Community — the Amy Davis Hospice Support Center. Named in honor of the late philanthropist, Amy Davis, the 24,000 square-foot center will give The Denver Hospice the resources and space needed to care for the ever growing number of our neighbors in need.

As board chair, I witness the continually growing need for high-quality, kind and compassionate end-of-life care. Our Inpatient Care Center, opened in 2011, has done wonderful work in providing high quality care and comfort to patients with life-limiting illnesses. The Amy Davis Hospice Support Center gives us the ability to hospice care, palliative care and bereavement services. The Hospice Support Center will increase capacity so programs and services can be expanded. It will also provide state-of-the-art equipment for continued medical training, serve the community by offering free meeting space for nonprofits, consolidate staff and save administrative costs.

Building the Amy Davis Hospice Support Center prepares The Denver Hospice for future growth and leads the way in offering more community-based care and services for children, adults and those who love them. As the largest not-for-profit hospice provider in our community, new space and expanded capacity ensures The Denver Hospice will continue to be in a position to care for anyone who needs services, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

My family knows first-hand the difference quality palliative and hospice care can make in the lives of patient and families. That’s why I am proud to be part of the team and personally involved. I hope you will join me and my wife, Clarice, along with The Denver Hospice Board of Directors in supporting this important project. Together, we can take pride in knowing we have done something that matters — built a facility that ensures future generations of patients and their families will be provided with the dignity they deserve.

Sincerely,

Brad Baumgartner
Board Chair

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The Denver Hospice is the region’s leading, largest and most trusted provider of life-enhancing hospice and palliative care. As a result, our patients, their families and loved ones are able to get the most out of every day and the very most from life.

Building Our Future

Our state’s population of individuals age 65 and older is expected to increase by 150 percent between 2010 and 2030, according to The Colorado State Demography Office. Growth in this population places a greater demand on health care providers like The Denver Hospice. We must be ready to serve our community’s rapidly growing older population and lead the way in offering expert, compassionate care to patients facing life-limiting illnesses and end-of-life transition.

In 2011, we cemented our place in the Denver medical community by opening The Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center in the Lowry neighborhood. This 24-bed facility was generously supported by the community and serves all those in need, regardless of their ability to pay.

As we look to the future, we are excited to take the next step in our evolution by constructing the Amy Davis Hospice Support Center adjacent to our care center. This new facility will allow The Denver Hospice to consolidate all services in one location, expand our Footprints children’s care program, adult andchildren bereavement services, increase the space available for education, provide a complimentary meeting space for other not-for-profit organizations and greatly decrease administrative operational costs.

A larger space will provide a refuge and save haven to freely live out the grief experienced within. Unencumbered self-expression of the many facets of grief are an integral part of the healing journey, not easily experienced within our current space and offerings.
Kim White
Manager of Volunteer Services
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The Amy Davis Hospice Support Center

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Interior - Footprints Children's Center

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Hospice is a Philosophy of Care

We believe hospice is not a place, but a best-practice model of personalized care to support mind, body and spirit. This approach gives our patients and their families control over their lives with dignity, joy, compassion and unparalleled experience and support.

Our new Amy Davis Hospice Support Center subscribes to this philosophy of care by being purpose-built. Our patients and their families will receive numerous benefits from an intentionally-designed building, including:

The Denver Hospice Grief Center

The Denver Hospice offers bereavement services to individuals whose loved one is not in our care. As baby boomers age, we expect the demand for grief support and counseling to increase, requiring a larger, dedicated grief center to serve more individuals in need.

Volunteer Hub

We have one of the largest volunteer programs in Colorado. Our more than 300 volunteers contribute thousands of hours of service every year, which translates into additional services for our patients and their families. Volunteers help with patient visits, caregiver respite, integrative therapy services and more. To show our appreciation, our new building will include a Volunteer Hub. The space will be a warm, welcoming environment in which volunteers receive training and updates as well as encouragement and support.

When children experience death they are shown that the world is an unsafe, scary place. This new, larger space, with its ability to hold expression of all kinds in the movement toward healing, will better allow children to explore their emotions and mend.
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Grief Counselor
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Footprints Children’s Services

We are the only community hospice providing anticipatory grief counseling for children while their parent or sibling are still in our care. To address the needs of this very special population, our new building will include an area designed exclusively for our Footprints children’s program. The new environment will be larger, kid-friendly and age-appropriate. There will also be space for creative arts sessions and other interactive therapies.

Staff Training and Self-Care Center

The Denver Hospice has well-trained and highly-skilled professionals serving our patients. Our new building will feature a larger, dedicated training area to maintain our high standards. The space will be used to ensure our 265+ staff members stay current on innovations in hospice and palliative care and receive ongoing self-care support. The space will also serve as a training resource for the Denver medical community.

Community Meeting Space

As a Denver-based not-for-profit organization, we want to support other nonprofits working to serve our community. We plan to create community meeting space in our new building and make it available to local nonprofits free of charge.

Community Value

The initiative to build a permanent support center is driven by The Denver Hospice’s strategic commitment to remain the community’s leader in end-of-life hospice and palliative care. At the same time, we are able to maximize cost efficiencies and improve service delivery advantages that come with owning our own space. Annual occupancy costs are estimated to decrease by $350,000 or more per year over current leased costs making resources available that can be better spent on patient and family care and services.

To us, hospice is not a place, but a program of personalized care that supports the mind, body and spirit. We always seek to give our patients and their families control over their lives with dignity, joy, compassion and unparalleled expertise and support.

40 Years of Life-Enhancing Care

The Denver Hospice is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit, mission-driven organization. Since 1978, more than 200,000 families have turned to us for comprehensive and compassionate care of loved ones living with advanced illness.

We serve nearly 4,000 hospice and 2,000 palliative care patients and their families every year in nine metropolitan Denver counties, from Boulder to Castle Rock and from Golden to Bennett. We provide care in our patients’ homes, our state-of-the-art Inpatient Care Center, retirement communities, skilled nursing homes and other locations where our services are needed.

We are the only hospice in Denver that has the advanced knowledge and ability to address the demands of pain management and end-stage illness with dignity and privacy. As the need for expertise in complex end-stage illnesses continues to grow, we will continue to lead by offering innovative programs and serving every Coloradan regardless of their ability to pay.

Your support will help.

Since our founding in 1978, we have provided thousands of individuals and families with the care they need:

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We are driven by our beliefs. We believe in more.

  • We believe no matter where you are in life’s journey, you deserve to get the most out of every day. The most comfort, kindness, respect and love. We believe you should have more opportunities to create moments of joy and memories. We believe in more smiles, more hugs, more sweet moments of gratitude. We believe in less pain and more quality of life. We believe in less stress and more peace of mind. We believe in less “No” and more “Yes, we can make that happen.”

  • We believe that you, and you alone, know how you want to navigate these moments and that your wishes should be heard and respected. We believe in being there for you whenever and wherever you need us with the compassion and expertise to help you find your unique “more from life” and make it a reality.

We are here to give you more. It’s not just our job, it’s our calling.
And we wouldn’t have it any other way.