History of Hospice Services of Lake County
In November of 1979, at a meeting of the Lake County Health Council, visionary individuals resolved to send a message through the Record Bee, encouraging interested volunteers to join them in an effort to establish a hospice in Lake County. A front page article was a call to action for the community. Over 60 persons, largely from the health care community, attended this first meeting.
In January 1980, the Board of Directors was selected. During the first year corporation bylaws were established. Training programs were developed and implemented.
In 1981 Hospice Services of Lake County hired a Patient Care Coordinator/Executive Director, developed the bereavement program and began to visits with our first three hospice families.
In December 1989 Hospice Services of Lake County earned Medicare and Medi-Cal Hospice Certification.
In late 1981, a Thrift Shoppe was established in Clearlake followed a few years later by the opening of a second shop in Lakeport. These shops continue to be a major source of revenue. The community provides support by donating gently used items.
Staff, Volunteer Caregivers and Bereavement Volunteers receives extensive orientation and training before providing services to patients and families. Hospice participates in State and national organization to maintain the highest stand of care and service to our community.
Today, Hospice services of Lake County has grown to provide care for as many as 44 patient families in our County, at any given time. In support of our compassionate mission a board of directors governs a staff of more then 40 professionals and a volunteer force of more then 100.