Throughout 2013 Covenant Hospice will celebrate its 30th Anniversary with various events and celebrations in memory of the more than 60,000 patients that the not-for-profit organization has had the honor serving. Beginning with the original vision of the founders and extending to today, Covenant Hospice remains a not-for-profit, charity organization and continues to provide care to all patients facing end-of-life issues, regardless of the ability to pay.
“Our covenant remains to do our very best to add life into days, when days can no longer be added to life,” said Dale O. Knee, Covenant Hospice president & CEO.
In 1980, five hospitals in the Pensacola area, including the Naval hospital, appointed a volunteer steering committee to develop a community based, not-for-profit hospice program. Through their concerted efforts, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation, Hospice of Northwest Florida, Inc. was chartered by the State of Florida, with the corporate office located in Pensacola.
On Dec. 15, 1983, Florida officials issued a license to begin operations as a free standing hospice and the first patient was admitted in January 1984. In 1996 the Niceville branch office was officially opened. The corporate name was later changed to Covenant Hospice, Inc. in 2001 to better reflect the “promise” of care provided to patients and families.
Covenant Hospice remains fully accredited by the Joint Commission with “deemed Medicare status” and is now authorized to serve a total of 50 counties in Alabama and Florida combined. Today, Covenant Hospice provides care to approximately 1,300 patients a day, as well as the loved ones of current and past patients, making it one of the larger, not-for-profit hospices in the nation. Covenant provides services using teams of almost 900 paid staff and 3,000 volunteers.
For more information about Covenant Hospice or to make a hospice inquiry, contact the local branch office at (-850-729-1800 or visit www.covenanthospice.org.