In 1978 few knew the word hospice. Fewer still recognized its potential to alleviate suffering; but one woman held a vision of what this philosophy of care could mean to her community. This nurse, Elizabeth “Betty” Bulen, invited three of her friends, Betty Benz, Ann Elizabeth Warren and the late Kay Austin, to work with her in establishing an organization of compassionate volunteers devoted to offering care to the terminally ill and their families. To strengthen their vision, Betty Bulen and Betty Benz paid a visit to St. Christopher’s Hospice in London. Inspired, they came home to organize the first agency meeting and develop an inaugural Board of Directors. They named this new entity recognizing that each of them had “Elizabeth” as part of their names. Following incorporation later that year, they offered their first volunteer training. The strength of their vision attracted others and in less than a year, 20 Elizabeth Hospice volunteers were meeting the special needs of 8 patients in North San Diego County.
Founded in 1978, The Elizabeth Hospice is a pioneer in the hospice movement and regarded as the most experienced and largest nonprofit hospice program in the region, with services provided throughout San Diego County and the Inland Empire. With compassion and expertise, our extensive array of care services are available to adults and children living with a serious illness, along with comprehensive support for their loved ones.
The Elizabeth Hospice has earned
The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.
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