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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.