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About Us: Willamette Valley Hospice

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Willamette Valley Hospice, a non-profit organization founded in 1978 and based in Salem, Oregon, provides comprehensive hospice care services, pain management, grief services, and support for those patients and families facing serious or life-limiting illness. Through its mission of "changing the end of life experience," Willamette Valley Hospice supports adults and children living with a serious or life-limiting illness throughout Marion and Polk counties and beyond.

Mission, Vision, & Values

Our Mission

Changing the end of life experience…


Our Vision

A world where everyone facing serious illness, death, and grief has access to the best personalized and compassionate care.


Our Core Values


Caring, Teaching and Empowerment
“We hold this as the heart of our mission.”


Quality. Passion, and Expertise
“We are committed to constantly improving our knowledge, skills, programs, and services.”


Trust, Ethics and Accountability
“With our words and actions, we do the right thing 100% of the time.”


Diversity, Collaboration and Relationships
“We promote an environment that honors our colleagues, partners, and those we serve.”


Stewardship, Innovation and Philanthropy
“We practice responsible resources management to provide for present and future needs.”

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Our history

Willamette Valley Hospice began with a group of dedicated volunteers who saw the unmet needs of terminally ill patients and their families in the Willamette Valley. Since that time, Willamette Valley Hospice has grown from caring for nine patients to over 1,350 hospice patients each year.

Community is important to us. We live and work in the communities we serve and are dedicated to providing services and community support to all. We believe hospice care should be available to everyone and we provide services to all, regardless of ability to pay.


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Our Board of Directors

Willamette Valley Hospice is fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers as our board of directors:

Cretia Benolken

Steve Bobb

Andrew Bone, Past President

David Booth

Naomi Hormann

Wayne Kinkade, Member-at-large

Sherrie Leisinger, President 

Patricia Lundeen

Rev. John Moody

David Moss

Betty O'Brien, Member-at-large

Gail Steck, President Elect

Carolyn Van Otten

Carl Visintainer, Secretary


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