In February of 1979, a group of 10 people met and formed the first Board of Directors of what was later to become the Hospice of the Ozarks, the only not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization. The Board formed to build an organization that would serve the needs of the terminally ill and their families in the area. Hospice of the Ozarks was started as a vision of Dr. Carolyn Wilson, who was the first Executive Director and Medical Director of Hospice of the Ozarks.
The first office of Hospice was located in downtown Mountain Home on Church Street, and then later moved to Baker Street behind the Sheid's building. We are currently under construction for our new administrative and warehouse building which will be located at 811 Burnett Drive and on the same grounds as the Hospice House. Projected completion is July, 2019.
In 1985, Hospice of the Ozarks became the second hospice in Arkansas to be Medicare certified. Hospice of the Ozarks merged with Baxter Regional Medical Center in 1986, and was a milestone in the history of Hospice of the Ozarks. As a partner of the hospital, Hospice has been able to provide better continuity of care to patients with incurable illnesses. The support of BRMC has allowed Hospice of the Ozarks to grow significantly over the years to the present time.
The office moved to 21 Medical Plaza in 1986 in order to be closer to BRMC. In 1993, a new building was built for Hospice and BRMC's home health on Burnett Drive at the southern entrance to the hospital. An expansion was done in 1995 to expand the conference areas and clinical work area.
The decision to build the Hospice House, our inpatient unit located at 774 Long Street, was made by the Board of Directors in 2003. This goal was realized in December 2005, and has since provided many patients and their loved ones with specialized end-of-life care.
Affiliated with Baxter Regional Medical Center
Medicare / Medicaid / Champs Approved