Compassion, Dignity and Peace
The Elizabeth Hospice, a nonprofit healthcare leader, has been providing comfort and counsel to children and adults who are facing life’s most difficult challenge, and restoring hope to grieving children and adults who are feeling lost and alone. Since 1978, we have touched the lives of more than 100,000 people in the communities we serve, offering medical, emotional and spiritual support, regardless of the patient’s affiliation or ability to pay.
In August 2019, we became one of the founding members of California Hospice Network – a strategic partnership committed to sustaining local, nonprofit, community-based hospice care throughout California. This statewide coalition is dedicated to further enhancing the local delivery of exemplary patient care and end-of-life services.
The Elizabeth Hospice is accredited by The Joint Commission and is affiliated with the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
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 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
These core values define our culture, our service, the care we provide and our relationships with each other.
Practice Humility | Embrace and Drive Innovation | Be Respectful | Act With Integrity |
Foster Transparency | Promote Collaboration | Celebrate Excellence