History

In the late 1970s, community volunteers Flo Carris and Susan Langstaff saw an opportunity to meet a profound need in the Colorado Springs community. Having learned about the hospice philosophy, these dedicated women envisioned specialized end-of-life care focused on the unique needs of the individuals this care would serve.

Joined by many volunteers and financial supporters, Carris and Langstaff established hospice care in El Paso County, Colorado. Through this commitment, terminally ill individuals and their loved ones were ensured a compassionate, comfortable, and dignified life closure. This vision became Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care.

Since its formal inception in 1980, Pikes Peak Hospice has grown from:

  • Serving one patient and family each day in 1980, to serving more than 200 patients and families daily.
  • A staff of one part-time employee and 50 active volunteers in 1980 to a staff of 163 committed employees and a trained volunteer corps of more than 300 dedicated people.
  • Providing care only in patients’ homes in 1980 to caring for people in their homes, in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and in our own specialized acute care Inpatient Unit.
  • Providing quality, basic hospice services in 1980 to multiple programs providing extraordinary care including extensive palliative consultation services and multiple Complementary Therapies.
  • An annual operating budget of $36,000 in 1980 to $17 million in 2018.
  • The formation of Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation in 1998 to raise funds in support of services and capital needs of Pikes Peak Hospice.

Such growth would not have been possible without the generous support of our entire community, and the commitment of staff and volunteers providing the extraordinary hospice care which meets a clear need in our community.

What Our Families Say

"Everyone I have been in contact with for your organization is a
God-send to me on every level.  Thank you for your dedication to
your job and your concern for each patient."  August 2018

"What a caring team!  Not only do you care for the patients, but also for the family. 
We were always asked, 'Is there anything you need?  god bless you all."  February 2018

"Even though it's a challenge to be without my dad, I have so many happy memories of him,
it helps always.  Thank you for all the many things you did to help my dad in his last days. 
It was so sad to watch him pass, but knowing that he was being care for everyday by
so many others, made all the difference in the world.  You've all made me feel as
though I have support if needed.  Thank you!"  April 2017

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Colorado Gives Day December 4, 2018!
03 Dec

This annual statewide movement celebrates and increases philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.  For 24 hours beginning at 12 a.m. donations will be accepted via ColoradoGives.org.  Simply visit the site and type "Pikes Peak Hospice" under...