About Houston Hospice
The First Hospice in Houston
Houston Hospice was founded in 1980 to establish a source of humane, caring responses for patients and their families. In 1989, The Texas Medical Center acknowledged the importance of Houston Hospice in the health care spectrum by donating to the hospice the former 2.5 acre estate of Houston Mayor Oscar Fitzallen Holcombe. In 1996 Houston Hospice opened the Margaret Cullen Marshall Patient Care Center. Also in 1996, Houston Hospice developed the Butterfly Program to provide for the distinct care needs of infants and youth aged 18 and younger.
Houston Hospice is Different Because it is a Nonprofit Organization
Houston Hospice is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that is community-based and community-supported. Our mission is to provide uncompromising, compassionate and respectful physical, social and spiritual support to individuals facing life-limiting illness, as well as their loved ones and caregivers, irrespective of their ethnicity or beliefs.
We believe no one should live in pain or in fear of being alone. We are advocates for children's rights to grieve and to have their lives celebrated as full and complete. Houston Hospice utilizes a team-oriented approach to medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support tailored to each patient’s unique situation. We offer educated counsel and compassionate support.
We're There for You - Wherever You Need Us to Be
Houston Hospice's coverage area has grown to ten counties. Interdisciplinary care teams (made up of doctors, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains, bereavement counselors, and trained volunteers) visit patients in homes, assisted living facilities, and skilled nursing homes.
The care team helps manage pain and symptoms, monitor the patient's condition, maintain hygiene, anticipate needs, assist with medical/insurance forms or processes, listen with compassion and openness, and give caregivers rest. These services help family members and friends have more energy and quality time to give to their loved one.
Houston Hospice is an in-network provider for most insurance companies and is licensed by Medicare and Medicaid. Houston Hospice is a member of the Texas Medical Center, Texas Nonprofit Hospice Alliance and the Texas New Mexico Hospice Organization. Houston Hospice is accredited with the National Institute for Jewish Hospice and by Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc (CHAP). CHAP is an independent, non-profit accrediting body. CHAP accreditation publicly certifies that an organization has voluntarily met the highest standards of excellence for home and/or community-based health care.