President's Blog

2016 at a Glance...

In April, Center for Hospice Care volunteer Dale Kern received the John E. Kreuger, MD Hospice Caring Award. Dale has been a hospice volunteer since the late 1980s. This award is given annually to a volunteer who exemplifies this commitment.

At the end of July, CHC acquired Milton Adult Day Services (MADS). MADS was a program of Alzheimer's and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana (ADSNI) which is owned by REAL Services. MADS is located at 922 East Colfax in South Bend.

On September 22, a CHC patient took to the skies on an Honor Flight to Washington, DC. 91-year-old Wilbur Lewis from South Bend left from the 122nd Air National Guard Base in Fort Wayne. He returned that same evening where he received a hero's welcome from the community and CHC staff. 

In September, Center for Hospice Care opened the region's first freestanding, independent palliative care outpatient clinic. The Center for Palliative Care is now accepting appointments via physician referrals for palliative care consultations. The clinic is located at 211 North Cedar Street in Mishawaka. To make a referral, please call 574-367-2476. 

South Bend Hospice House celebrated 20 years in September. Since it opened on September 23, 1996, it has been home to more than 5,000 patients and their families. 

In October, the Veterans Memorial was dedicated at the Mishawaka Campus. It's located along the banks of the St. Joseph River. The memorial honors all five branches of the U.S. military. Senator Joe Donnelly and the U.S. Navy Band were part of the ceremony.

A Few Highlights from 2015

From a patient care standpoint 2015was the second consecutive year Center for Hospice Care (CHC) served over 2,000 patients in a single calendar year.  Our average daily census for the year hit its highest in history as we cared for 399 patients every single day.

January 6, 2016
Getting to Know Center for Hospice Care

Center for Hospice Care (CHC) is a 35-year old independent, community-based, not-for-profit organization improving the quality of living through hospice, home health, grief counseling, and community education. With care offices in South Bend, Elkhart, and Plymouth we serve eight counties in northern Indiana and operate the only Medicare-certified hospice inpatient units in this area. Seven-bed Hospice Houses are located at both the South Bend and Elkhart offices.


Consumer Reports: "How to Find a Good Hospice Program: Six Features to Look for"

Just last year, Consumer Reports published an article entitled, “How to Find a Good Hospice Program: Six Features to Look for.”  Within its service area, CHC is the only hospice program to meet all six of the Consumer Reports suggested conditions for choosing a hospice agency.  The six criteria are listed below along with a few comments regarding CHC’s superior status in meeting them.

July 28, 2014
A Better Understanding of the Patients We Serve

We’ve been caring for patients and families for more than three decades. Yet, we find some people still thinking hospice care is only for cancer patients.  In 2013, 322 area physicians made 1,722 referrals to Center for Hospice Care (CHC). Nearly 1,000 referrals came from other sources including hospitals, extended care facilities, patients and families themselves, with a wide scope of diagnoses.  This was the ninth consecutive year that non-cancer diagnoses surpassed cancer diagnoses upon admission. 

January 19, 2014
Our Five Promises to You

It's no secret there is more than one hospice program operating in our area. Within the eight counties served by Center for Hospice Care (CHC) there are now a record 28 different hospice agencies.