Hospice of Knox County's history is a testament to what can be achieved in a community when a small group of people come together with a common purpose and determination to see a dream realized.

In 1980, community members planted the initial seeds of an idea that took root and grew. In 2013, Hospice of Knox County will have been serving Knox and surrounding communities for 30 years. We continue to be passionate about making the final months of life as joyful, comfortable, and meaningful as possible.
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May '81
A group of community members held a meeting to discuss the possibility of having hospice services in Knox County. The group was comprised of nurses, a social worker, a funeral director, ministers, and interested lay persons. The group began to study the climate and feasibility of having such an organization in this community. In the initial months, they spent time trying to educate the community about the concept of hospice care.
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Mar ’82
The group joined the Ohio Hospice Organization as an associate member (nonfunctioning hospice). Donations began to come in and the treasury started to grow. By May of that year, plans were moving ahead for the formation of a Board of Directors. A planning meeting was held, and a long-range goal was to accept our first patient by January 1984.
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July '82
Committee work began toward drafting a constitution and bylaws. In September, the first meeting of the Board of Directors was held, and officers were elected. At this time, Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Ohio Secretary of State. Funding continued to be a focus and grant possibilities were explored. Board members began studying Medicare reimbursement, and a committee had been established to begin a bereavement program.
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Dec ’83
Office space was donated by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in their parish house. Furniture was donated and the first employee was hired. Another momentous occurrence that month was the acceptance of our first two patients!
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Jan ’84
The first educational in-service for volunteers was held. Because of the continued need for funds, a fund-raising drive was held. In May, Hospice of Knox County’s application for funding from the Community Trust was approved; it was granted $12,000. New office space had become available in the Corporate Center (formerly the Martin Hospital, now the County Office Building), and, with funds available, office space was rented there.
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Jan ’85
An application was made to the Ohio Department of Development for a Community Block Grant. Hospice of Knox County was granted $19,920.
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Late ’80s
This time period showed slow but steady growth. By 1988, both professional and clerical staff had outgrown the rented space in the Corporate Center and moved to the Semple-Upham House located at 200 E. High Street.
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1990
The possibility arose to purchase property at 302 E. High Street. A capital campaign was successful in raising the funds necessary. This would become the Hospice of Knox County office for next 15 years.
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2002
Hospice of Knox County became accredited by CHAP, the national Community Health Accreditation Program. This accreditation signifies meeting the highest standards as a hospice organization.
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2004
Hospice of Knox County had grown to the point of needing additional space. After much time and effort, a plot of land on Coshocton Road was purchased. Subsequently, the county commissioners sold us a necessary adjoining parcel in early 2005. The Board established a Capital Campaign Committee and a Building Committee to explore possibilities for the site.
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2005
Construction began at 17700 Coshocton Road. There was a tremendous outpouring of community support as the building was framed in just one day.
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End of 2008
Hospice of Knox County implemented patient care software to improve efficiency and accuracy. The Medicare Hospice Conditions of Participation underwent major changes for the first time since the Medicare Hospice Benefit came into being in 1983.
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2011
Hospice of Knox County provided services to more than 200 patients and hundreds of family members throughout the communities we serve.
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