History of Hospice

In medieval times, “hospice” referred to a place of shelter and rest for travelers on a long journey. St. Christopher's Hospice in London was founded in 1967 by Dr. Dame Cicely Saunders. In 1972, Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross testified at senate hearings to promote hospice care. Medicare began paying for hospice through the hospice benefit in 1986.

Hospice of Southern Kentucky is a non-for-profit organization that was established in the spring of 1981 in Bowling Green, KY. Over the past 30 years, HSK has served over 10,000 families in the 9 surrounding counties with clinical, spiritual and financial assistance. We were the first hospice agency in Southern Kentucky and have managed to keep the reputation of being the most reliable and compassionate. On August 1, 2008, HSK (and help from community sponsors) opened its doors to the new 10 bed upscale in-patient facility in Bowling Green. The Hospice House overlooks a beautiful horse pasture and is furnished with 10 patient suites, a chapel, play room for the kids, family room with community kitchen, and a memorial garden outside. The idea of the facility was to make the patient as well as the family feel at home.

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