The Tradition of Community and Caring
Hospice of Holland was founded by a concerned group of Holland area residents who shared a passionate commitment to start a hospice program. With the help of many individuals, and the support of the directors of Holland Hospital and the local chapter of the American Cancer society, incorporation papers were signed in April of 1981. Policies and programs were quickly developed, a volunteer curriculum was written, and the first 20 volunteers were trained. Executive Director Marian DeVries, Medical Director Dr. Jerome Wassink, Patient Care Coordinator Sandy Byrne, RN, and Volunteer Coordinator Betty Jo Bell each undertook their positions as volunteers.
Our first patient was admitted in January of 1982. With the help of a lead gift from the Donnelly Corporation, Hospice of Holland cared for 20 patients and their families that year. In 1986, Hospice of Holland moved to “The Blue House” on 8th Street and continued to grow. Generous contributions from the community enabled us to move into our own building at 270 Hoover Boulevard in 1994. Today, we employ more than 90 persons and have more than 200 active volunteers. Thanks to all who have contributed, worked and volunteered to give dignity and comfort to individuals facing life-limiting illness, Hospice of Holland is now among the most respected hospices in the Midwest.