Hospice of Wichita Falls developed as an outgrowth of a 1982 conversation between Elsa Galbraith and Joan Whitlock, who had recently cared for dying friends. Both felt that hospice care would have benefited their friends, but such service was not available in Wichita Falls.
In April of 1994, Hospice of Wichita Falls received a $4 million grant from the W. Erle and Emma White Foundation to build North Texas’ first hospice inpatient center.
The opening of the twelve bed W. Erle and Emma White Hospice Inpatient Center on January 27, 1997 marked the beginning of a new era for Hospice of Wichita Falls.
During 2000, Hospice of Wichita Falls marked another milestone, with its accreditation by the Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. (“CHAP”). The Program concluded that Hospice (1) functions and operates in a manner which consistently supports its consumer-oriented philosophy; (2) consistently provides high quality services; (3) effectively utilizes its human, financial and physical resources to accomplish its mission; and (4) is positioned for long-term viability.
Hospice of Wichita Falls continues to develop new programs and re-evaluate and improve upon current programs, with the continued commitment to its mission of “Care, Hope and Support for All When Illness Threatens Life”.