Hospice of Yuma’s Origins
The first and most important thing to look at when choosing a hospice is their history.
Hospice of Yuma had a true grassroots beginning right here in Yuma. In 1979, a local group of medical professionals attended a hospice conference in Phoenix. They returned to Yuma and recognized that the community had a need for hospice services. Over the next year they actively discussed and recruited input from the community. In January 1981, a group of doctors, nurses, clergy, and citizens began to meet at a local hotel café to discuss the need for hospice services in Yuma and to seek out training and educational opportunities. The group met faithfully every week, adding new participants from the community. By November of that year, Hospice of Yuma was established as a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) charity with the IRS and opened its doors. From 1981 through part of 1988, Hospice of Yuma operated solely on the monies collected from fundraising and monetary gifts from the community. In 1988, Hospice of Yuma became a Medicare provider. From 1989 up to the present time, Hospice of Yuma has steadily grown, evolved, and added employees and volunteers to meet the ongoing need for end-of-life care in our community. The important thing to remember is that Hospice of Yuma is the only hospice provider in Yuma County that was created here over three decades ago, and we continue to be the only non-profit hospice in the area. Our organization is invested in the community for the benefit of the community.