Our 38-year tradition as the premier provider of medical, emotional and spiritual support to the seriously ill and their families has served the region since 1978, touching the lives of more than 90,000 adults and children.

Our Story

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.

Elizabeth "Betty" Bulen, Founder

"We encourage people to live, really live, before they’re gone. People think that hospice is about dying, but it’s really about celebrating life.”

Our Mission

To enhance the quality of life for those nearing the end of life’s journey and for those who grieve

"As the leader of the region's largest and most experienced nonprofit hospice program, I believe in keeping the heart and compassion at the forefront of all we do.”

- Jan Jones, RN, BSN, President and CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice

Our Core Values

Our Core Values are more than a sign on our wall. We have worked hard to incorporate them into many aspects of our business, as we believe these are the values that help to define our culture, including our service, the care we provide, and our relationships with each other. These are the seven Core Values that we live by:

Practice Humility

Embrace and Drive Innovation

Be Respectful

Act with Integrity

Foster Transparency

Promote Collaboration

Celebrate Excellence