In 1978 in Lexington, a small group of healthcare professionals
and lay persons sensitive to the needs of the terminally ill,
formed a Hospice program, Community Hospice of Lexington. This
group recognized that terminal illness and the time of dying
brings a person closer to one's most intimate concerns. They
saw that hospitals and nursing homes allowed little dignity
and intimacy to those who had but a short time to live.
Hospice of the Bluegrass Timeline
A small group of individuals from the community considers establishing a hospice in the Lexington area. Committees are formed to deal with problems of home care and the terminally ill.
Community Hospice of Lexington is formed by a group of volunteers with involvement from the university of Kentucky Medical Center and the VA. The program is a part of the McDowell Cancer Center. Dr. John Cronin is the program’s first Medical Director.
Community Hospice of Lexington separates from the McDowell Cancer Center and is incorporated as an independent non-profit agency, expanding to serve other than just cancer patients.
Gretchen Brown becomes the executive director.
The National Medicare System agrees to pay for hospice claims. Community Hospice of Lexington moves to Nicholasville Road.
A new name, Hospice of the Bluegrass, is chosen. The service area is expanded to include Woodford and Scott counties. Kentucky becomes the first state to add hospice care as a Medicaid service.
HOB staff totals 25 with a volunteer pool of 143. It is necessary to expand into a neighboring house on Nicholasville Road. Hospice also increases its service area and establishes a branch office in Franklin County.
Bourbon County is added to the service area.
The service area is expanded to Anderson County.
HOB receives the lead gift from Mrs. Sara Kaufmann for a new building to be named the Maurice Kaufmann Center.
Harrison and Nicholas Counties are added to the service area.
The Maurice Kaufmann Center is officially dedicated.
HOB more than doubles its service area by opening two regional offices. After merging with Mountain Community Hospice in Hazard, and establishing Hospice of Northern Kentucky in Ft. Thomas. Hospice establishes the Sara Kaufmann Society to recognize planned gift donations.
HOB opens the Hospice Care Center, a 12-bed inpatient unit located at Saint Joseph Hospital. The unit is only the third in the state of its kind. Dr. Terry Gutgsell is hired as the first full-time medical director for Hospice. Dr. Gutgsell works with the volunteer medical associates to oversee patient care plans, and serves as medical director for the Hospice Care Center.
Recognizing the need for at-home care for terminally ill children, HOB establishes Daniel’s Care, a pediatric team. The team is comprised of staff with specialized training to address the unique needs of pediatric patients. Daniel’s Care was made possible through a grant from the Daniel Pitino Foundation.
Hospice of the Bluegrass and Jessamine County Hospice merge; the service area now covers 21 counties.
Hospice of the Bluegrass Foundation is established to continue supplemental Hospice programs and to ensure preservation of the high level of quality care.
HOB attains accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
HOB and Dr. Terence Gutgsell open the Palliative Care Center (PCC) of the Bluegrass in Lexington, the first private practice of palliative medicine. PCC also achieved accreditation from JCAHO after an on-site survey.
Hospice of the Bluegrass and Mountain Heritage Hospice, based in Harlan, merge to increase the service area to 23 counties.
HOB develops Hospice Management Services, a limited liability company that manages hospice programs.
The new building for the Bluegrass Center for Grief Education and Counseling is completed.
The Hospice Care Center (HCC) expands to a 17-bed unit.
Hospice of the Bluegrass begins a new endeavor with Extra Care, a service that provides private duty care for homebound clients. The services include sitters, nursing assistants, nursing care, and homemaking assistance. The average daily census tops 700.
HOB celebrates its 25th anniversary of care in Fayette County. Hospice receives a $750,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to establish the Palliative Care Leadership Center.
Hospice of Northern Kentucky opens the Hospice Unit of Northern Kentucky, a 7-bed inpatient unit at St. Luke East.
Work begins on a new building for the Hospice of the Bluegrass’ Cynthiana Office.
The Hospice of the Bluegrass Patient Census reaches over 800 served for June 2005, and continues to be 800-plus each month through the rest of the year.
Cynthiana office moves into new building.
Durable Medical Equipment moves in-house.
Northern Kentucky Office moved to a larger facility.
Hospice of the Bluegrass celebrates its 30th Anniversary.
The Vision, Mission and Core Values updated.
CPE program receives its 10 year reaccreditation.
Hospice of the Bluegrass, with sponsorship from UK, was tapped by ACGME as one of 48 accredited programs to train doctors in new subspecialty, Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
UK Hospice and UK HealthCare teamed to create a new end-of-life care program.
The pediatric program added Daniel’s Care Palliative Care (DCPC) to its continuum of service.
Lexington Clinical Staff, Extra Care, the Department of Medicine and Pharmacy moved to a new office on Member’s Way in Lexington.
Greg and Noreen Wells gave the lead gift for the new Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center which opened in Hazard.
New offices opened in Frankfort – the campus includes the Green–Meyer Center and the adjacent Community Building.
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