Each of us has a unique story to tell. As we travel through life, we extend rays of influence that touch many lives. For 40 years, our paid and volunteer staff at Hospice of the Western Reserve have been honored to walk side by side with the loved ones of more than 100,000 individuals in the final phase of life. As one of the earliest nonprofit pioneers involved in bringing the hospice movement to the U.S., Hospice of the Western Reserve remains dedicated to upholding the dignity of each person we serve as we move into the next 40 years and beyond. 

Our 2018 Vista Walk and 40th Anniversary Kickoff last week at David Simpson Hospice House served as a joint celebration of life and legacy. We gathered with 300 family members from our community to honor the memory of 48 loved ones. Many attendees dedicated memorial pavers along the lakefront inscribed with their special person's name. Proceeds from these memorial tributes will support programs benefiting future hospice patients and their families.    

Before the Vista Walk tour and program, President and CEO Bill Finn unveiled a new, commemorative 40th anniversary logo, and honored former CEO David Simpson, who played an instrumental leadership role in guiding the agency during its formative years. A new portrait of David will be permanently displayed in the hospice house that is named in his honor.

In their remarks, both Bill and David reflected on the people, and their work, that propelled Hospice of the Western Reserve to this point. More than just looking at our past, they both emphasized that the most inspiring aspect of celebrating our 40th Anniversary is looking for new ways to continue to innovate and grow to meet the needs of families in Northern Ohio for the next 40 years and beyond.