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

What you all do is amazing.  Thank you for all your help, support and guidance for my mother and family.  It was such a gift and a blessing to be with my mom and take care of her and to have her at home with my daughter and I.  We will never forget your kindness.  Thank you! ~ Patient's family

The services my husband and I received during his last stages of life were invaluable to us.  His primary wish at the end was to be at home.  I was very afraid that I couldn't grant that wish, but with the help of Pikes Peak Hospice he was able to be at home, where he was comfortable, until the very end.  I am also truly thankful for the grief counseling that you provided to me. ~ Patient's wife

Thank you for all your assistance during this time and for the care of my mother.  There are not enough compliments to give for the support, knowledge, bedside manner, courtesy and kindness. ~ Patient's daughter

 

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Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care Inpatient Unit Reopens
27 May

We are pleased to report the Inpatient Unit is now accepting new patients again, effective May 27, 2020. We value your support and trust in us and want to keep you fully informed during the COVID-19 pandemic of any effects it may have on our activities...