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Hosparus Health Stories

    • Hairstylist Volunteers His Time to Bring Dignity to Hospice Patients

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    • Volunteer

    “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life.” Dame Cicely Saunders said these…

    • Celebrating Another Year, Volunteer Asks for a Birthday Donation

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    • Volunteer

    Betty Holzapfel Smith, a Hosparus Health volunteer for over 4 years, celebrated her 85th birthday in July with a big…

    • A Volunteer Touched by Hosparus Health’s Cares Organizes Day of Quilting

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    • Volunteer

    For Suzanne Davis, making quilts is her passion and volunteering for Hosparus Health of Central Kentucky (HCK) is a “labor…

    • Mom Honors Infant Son’s Memory By Spreading the Word About Kourageous Kids

    • Kourageous Kids
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    “Shocked and devastated” is how Katie Rubin describes her reaction after receiving a fatal diagnosis for her second child, Meyer,…

  • A hospice co-founder recounts history with Hosparus Health. I was born in Rock Island, Illinois, and raised in Western Illinois…

  • When she dreamed of her wedding as a little girl, Kristi Knop Stewart admits she never pictured herself getting married…

    • Hosparus Health Benefits from Louisville Businessman’s Generosity

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    James “Jim” Ryan, 80, says he hopes to leave a legacy that will “do some good for people” after he’s…

    • Knop Family Celebrates Wedding at Hosparus Health Inpatient Unit

    • Veteran Volunteers do Important Work for Veteran Patients

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    • Veteran

    Hosparus Health patient and World War II veteran Frank DeYoe says his Sept. 12 Honor Flight was “the happiest day…

    • Volunteer Uses Natural Talents to Enhance Patients’ Lives

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    • Volunteer

    Looking good makes us feel good, but treating ourselves to a haircut and style is a luxury most of us…

Videos

    • Veterans Memorial Dedication-WHAS 11 News

    • The Hosparus Health Thrift Shoppe Family

    • Knop Family Celebrates Wedding at Hosparus Health Inpatient Unit

    • Hosparus Health: A Veteran’s tribute

    • Hosparus Health-Celebrating 40 Years

    • Hosparus Health Inpatient Care Center Virtual Tour

    • Hosparus Health Heart Connection Program on Great Day Live

    • Hair Care Volunteer Helps Hospice Patient with A Day at the Races

    • Hosparus Health Overview

Blog Articles

  • When you hear the word “hospice,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it compassion? A supportive team…

  • We hear it all the time. We see it posted in big, bold letters on signs in public spaces, and…

  • A patient once said to one of our Hosparus chaplains, “I sure like the way you listen.”  That affirmation is…

  • If you had a free benefit at your disposal, wouldn’t you want to take advantage of it? We are referring…

  • You see our billboards on the way to work, our ads splashed across buses while you’re at the grocery store,…

    • The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) Update

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    • Palliative Care

    Exciting things are happening on the Hill for the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA)! As you…

    • Hosparus Health’s Hospice Prison Program Part 1: Longtime Volunteer Shares His Experience

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    • Volunteer

    This week’s blog introduces a three-part series about Hosparus Health’s inmate volunteer program at the Kentucky State Reformatory, sharing stories…

  • Grief and depression appear similar, and sometimes happen simultaneously. It is important to recognize the differences, so you may care…

    • Louisville’s Justin Magnuson Wants you to “Die Wisely”

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    If you know Justin Magnuson, you may know him as the founder of the Before I Die Festival Louisville, or…

  • What comes to mind when you hear the term “social worker?” Depending on your personal experiences, you may think of…

Volunteer stories

    • Volunteer and Patient Recreate a 45 Year Old Shop Project

    • Volunteer

    Andy Kiehl joined Hosparus Health volunteers in May 2019 after one of our resource nurses recruited him in a yoga…

    • Hairstylist Volunteers His Time to Bring Dignity to Hospice Patients

    • Stories
    • Volunteer

    “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life.” Dame Cicely Saunders said these…

    • Celebrating Another Year, Volunteer Asks for a Birthday Donation

    • Stories
    • Volunteer

    Betty Holzapfel Smith, a Hosparus Health volunteer for over 4 years, celebrated her 85th birthday in July with a big…

    • A Volunteer Touched by Hosparus Health’s Cares Organizes Day of Quilting

    • Stories
    • Volunteer

    For Suzanne Davis, making quilts is her passion and volunteering for Hosparus Health of Central Kentucky (HCK) is a “labor…

    • Hosparus Health’s Hospice Prison Program Part 1: Longtime Volunteer Shares His Experience

    • Article
    • Volunteer

    This week’s blog introduces a three-part series about Hosparus Health’s inmate volunteer program at the Kentucky State Reformatory, sharing stories…

    • Pet Therapy Volunteers Bring Comfort and Joy to Hosparus Health Patients

    • Volunteer

    Hosparus Health could not provide compassionate hospice and palliative care to our patients and families without our wonderful volunteers. We’re…

    • Ambassadors Spread the Word about Hosparus Health in their Communities

    • Article
    • Volunteer

    As an extension of our outreach and volunteer efforts, Hosparus Health is identifying community members who are willing to educate…

    • Put Your Passion into Action as a Specialty Volunteer

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    • Volunteer

    Hosparus was founded by volunteers some 40 years ago. At that time, most had full-time jobs as healthcare providers or…

    • Hosparus Health: A Veteran’s tribute

  • Hosparus Health is committed to providing compassionate care not only for our patients, but also their families. Thanks to a…

    • Volunteer Uses Natural Talents to Enhance Patients’ Lives

    • Stories
    • Volunteer

    Looking good makes us feel good, but treating ourselves to a haircut and style is a luxury most of us…

    • Hair Care Volunteer Helps Hospice Patient with A Day at the Races

    • Employee Spotlight: Sarah Williams

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    Sarah Williams has worked in the Hosparus Health Center for Performance Excellence (also known as the Education Department) as the…
    • Employee Spotlight: Debra Sampson

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    About Debra Sampson works as the 2nd Shift Unit Secretary at the Hosparus Inpatient Care Center at Norton Pavilion…aka “The…
    • What Makes a Social Worker a Social Worker?

    • Employee
    When people ask me what I do for a living, I always respond, “I am a social worker.” Over the…
  • What comes to mind when you hear the term “social worker?” Depending on your personal experiences, you may think of…
  • A hospice co-founder recounts history with Hosparus Health. I was born in Rock Island, Illinois, and raised in Western Illinois…
    • Dr. Joe Rotella Compassion Award: Robyn Mathias, CHPNA

    • My Experience as a Hosparus Health Public Policy Intern

    • Advocacy
    • Employee
    Although I have studied and appreciated public policy and marketing during high school and in my first year of college, interning…
    • Q&A with Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bethany Cox Snider

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    • News
    Bethany Cox Snider, MD, joined Hosparus Health in 2013 and has been making an impact ever since. She was named…
    • “Feet on the Street” Outreach Managers Educate Community about Hospice and Palliative Care

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    We are often called “the feet on the street,” the people who tell the story about what we do. Though…
  • As the coordinator for palliative care, one of my primary responsibilities is to contact patients and families who are not…
    • Become a Hosparus Health Nurse

  • What’s your background? I’m home-grown, from Louisville. I went into the seminary at an early age, here in Louisville at…