A Mission of Compassionate Care for Our Patients and Families
We operate under the philosophy that death is a natural part of life, and each individual has the right to be comfortable and cared for. Our non-profit organization provides for our patients’ social, emotional, and spiritual needs, as well as their physical necessities. We strive to recognize the individual values, preferences, and outlooks of our patients and their families to provide the kinds of caring, compassionate, comprehensive services they need in the final stages of life.
The History of Our Hospice Organization
In February 1983, the public was invited to view the film “Hospice” at the Hillsdale Community Health Center. Following this film’s viewing, community members gathered and established a planning committee to investigate the need for hospice care in our county. This investigation uncovered great interest in the continuous care for terminally-ill patients in the area, and Hospice of Hillsdale County was established as an official non-profit, independent organization in August of that year. The first patients were admitted in 1984, creating resources for compassionate end-of-life care that had not been available here before and services for families going through the transition. Since then, Hospice of Hillsdale County has served nearly 3000 patients.
Hospice of Hillsdale County Today
Today, our hospice is a community-based in-home care program. We are a non-profit independent hospice not affiliated with any other organization and licensed and certified by the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Bureau of Health Care Services.
As a member of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, the Home Care and Hospice Association of Michigan, we have the credentials, resources, networks, and experience to provide optimal end-of-life care and services for all our patients and their families.
Our Board of Directors
Our hospice is presently governed by a 15-member board of directors made up of residents of Hillsdale County. The hospice board continues to meet monthly and make essential decisions for the continuation of our work.
Rev. Jessica Hahn
Brooks Van Aken
BA, RN, Executive Director
D.O., Medical Director
PhD, Spiritual Advisor
CPNP, Nurse Practitioner
Nichole Van Aken
BS, Office Manager
BA, Volunteer/Marketing Coordinator
LPN, Medical Records
BSN, RN, Patient Care Coordinator
RN, Case Manager
BSN, RN, Case Manager
RN, Case Manager
BSN, RN, On-Call Nurse
RN, On-Call Nurse
LMSW, Social Worker
LLMSW, Social Worker
LBSW, Bereavement Coordinator
Contact Hospice of Hillsdale County to Know More
Our office is located at 124 S. Howell St., in Hillsdale, MI. Our office hours are 9-4 PM, Monday-Friday. When our patients need assistance after hours, on weekends, or holidays, they access our on-call staff by dialing the on-call phone at 517-398-4380. Our program also has 24-hour referral and case opening capabilities. We serve all of Hillsdale County, MI, and surrounding areas of Lenawee, Branch, and Jackson Counties. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free informational visit.