About Us: Casa de la Luz Hospice
In 1998, two local Tucson women created Casa de la Luz Hospice to provide sensitivity, care and support for people in the final phase of life. Important to this is supporting the emotional, physical and cognitive needs of patients and their families. These two women, Lynette Jaramillo and Agnes Poore, had for the previous ten years dedicated their professional lives to the home health industry. When they founded Casa de la Luz Hospice, they had three goals in mind: first, they wanted to deliver comfort care far beyond what most organizations were offering patients and their loved ones; second, to assemble a group of employees and volunteers who would be bound together with a common set of values and a strong work ethic; and third, to build an organization that offered financial security and professional growth to all employees and volunteers. To fulfill this vision, the founders identified core values that would serve as the essential guiding principles of the organization.
Lynette E. Jaramillo, Executive Director, has more than 25 years of management experience. She is a proactive and highly motivated leader with exceptional problem-solving skills. From 1990 to 1995 she was the Arizona Area Manager of the second largest national home care provider. In 1995, she opened the southeastern Arizona market for a privately owned home health agency which grew to be the largest privately owned home health agency in Tucson. She left in 1998 after the agency was sold to a regional home care provider.
Agnes C. Poore, Patient Services Director, has over 30 years in clinical nursing management. From 1990 to 1998 she was the Clinical Director of Home Health for two large national home care organizations and the largest privately owned home health agency in Tucson. In 1993, she received national recognition with the Professional Achievement Award from Interim HealthCare. Ms. Poore served as a member of the Arizona State Board of Nursing RN Scope of Practice Committee from 1994 to 1999 and was honored to be selected as one of Tucson’s 1999 “Fabulous Fifty” Nurses. She is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, and is a board member serving as Treasurer for the Arizona Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
In November of 1998, Ms. Jaramillo and Ms. Poore formed Casa de la Luz Hospice, LLC with the intention of providing superior hospice services to the Tucson community as Casa de la Luz Hospice. It is the only privately owned and managed hospice in our community. The owners are committed to providing superior care and are personally involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. The strategy for meeting the competition is to provide superior, more personalized care.
Casa de la Luz Hospice is a member of the Arizona Continuity of Care COACH (the Council on Adult Care Homes), Arizona Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.