Doing the Right Thing for Over 40 Years


(New 12-bed Hospice House opening this November | Rendering courtesy of Partners In Care)

One of our staff members recently flashed on a motto for Partners In Care — “Doing the right thing for Over 40 Years.” This struck me as such a positive statement, especially in light of the difficult circumstances our frontline caregivers are working under. The ability to adapt in the face of adversity goes to the heart of the Partners In Care mission to care for those with serious illness at or near the end of their lives. With compassion. With integrity. And with dignity and respect. It’s doing the right thing.

Partners In Care’s six lines of service are either free to the public or covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. It is value-based care, helping to reduce hospitalizations, unnecessary trips to the emergency department and futile or unwanted treatments. The needs of the patient and their family members are often met in innovative and creative ways because care is truly centered on the patient and family, a hallmark of end-of-life care.

Partners In Care is the successor organization that began over 40 years ago when hospice was a new “movement” in the United States. Through a series of organizational changes, a final merger took place in 2009 when the name was changed to Partners In Care. Its board of directors uses a policy governance model to provide oversight to the Bend-based operation and its branch offices in La Pine and Redmond.

“We are committed to creating a future that serves our neighbors when they need us most, honoring the extraordinary support we have been given by our community in so many ways,” said Eric Alexander, Partners In Care president and CEO. “With the opening of a new 12-bed Hospice House to replace the current six-bed facility in November, we will come full circle in our ability to provide all levels of post-acute care at Hospice House and in the homes of patients throughout our 10,000-square-mile region.”

For information on achieving the best-possible quality of life during a time of illness or decline, visit or call 541-382-5882.


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Marlene Carlson, Director of Development & Communications — Partners In Care

Marlene Carlson is the chief development officer at Partners In Care, Central Oregon’s only independent, non-hospital based, not-for-profit hospice, home health and palliative care organization.

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