Compassion, Dignity and Peace

Forty years ago few people 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 Kay Elizabeth Austin, to work with her in establishing an organization of compassionate volunteers devoted to offering hospice care and palliative care to the terminally ill and their families. To strengthen this vision, Betty Bulen and Betty Benz visited St. Christopher’s Hospice in London. Inspired by what they saw, they began offering their first volunteer training. In 1978, they incorporated, naming this new entity, The Elizabeth Hospice, which shares the name of all the founders.

“People think hospice is about dying, but it’s really about celebrating life.” – Betty Bulen

The Elizabeth Hospice, a nonprofit hospice and healthcare leader, has been providing comfort and counsel to children and adults facing the challenges associated with a life-limiting illness and restoring hope to grieving children and adults who are feeling lost and alone. Since 1978, we have touched the lives of more than 115,000 people in the communities we serve, offering medical, emotional and spiritual support, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.

Diversity, equality and inclusion are at the core of our work at The Elizabeth Hospice. They are the promise we demonstrate to the community every time we open our hearts and doors to all who need our services. Our vision was built on this promise:

The Elizabeth Hospice aspires to a world in which every life ends with compassion, dignity and peace.


The Elizabeth Hospice is a nonprofit hospice accredited by The Joint Commission and is a member of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

These core values define our culture, our service, the comfort care we provide and our relationship with each other.

Practice Humility | Embrace and Drive Innovation | Be Respectful | Act with Integrity | Foster Transparency | Promote Collaboration | Celebrate Excellence