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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.

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.

As part of our commitment to providing care to our patients and families, we partner with other local non-profits, such as Marion Polk Food Share, to ensure patients and families receive assistance that is available to them. Our partnership with Marion Polk Food Share ensures that those patients and families needing emergency food boxes are able to get them delivered by our hospice staff.

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Our statistics

In 2013, Willamette Valley Hospice staff and volunteers provided compassionate care to 1,352 patients admitted to hospice care - a 14% increase from 2012. Providing excellent and compassionate care for our patients and their families is essential to our staff and volunteers.  An additional 127 patients were served by the Home Palliative Care program. 

Accomplishments in 2013 included: 
• 120 residents residents were served at the Edward F. Tokarski Home
• A patient lift system was installed in the Edward F. Tokarski Home, thanks to a generous grant from the Spirit Mountain Foundation, Anne and Bill Swindells Trust and  William Walton Trust
• A new board member was welcomed to the all-volunteer board of directors
• Our first annual fundraiser to benefit the Pet Peace of Mind program raised $17,623 to support the needs of hospice patients’ pets
• We continued to provide community outreach and education about hospice care through our television, radio and newspaper ads, as well as providing free community presentations and workshops on end of life topics and advance directives.
Bereavement Services provided over 5000 contacts in 2013 to grieving community members. Bereavement staff also provided 10 multi-week grief support groups, 2 community memorial services and a workshop to help families cope with their loss at the holidays. All of these services were available to the community at large - not just to those whose loved ones had used hospice services.
Willamette Valley Hospice’s strong volunteer program continues to make a difference in the lives of our patients and in our community. In 2013, volunteers contributed over 11,389 hours of their time providing support for patients and families, supporting bereavement services with phone calls and support groups, assisting with office support, and helping with children’s grief activities, including Camp Mighty Oaks



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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

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

Cynthia Wilcox

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