Celebrating 40 Years of Compassionate Care

CATEGORY: News and Community
PUBLICATION: Clinical Connections

​Forty years ago, a small group of grassroots visionaries saw an unmet need in our community and filled it. They marshaled their passion and their resources, and with the support of like-minded friends, they established Cancer Family Service, Inc. This was the forerunner of what would eventually become Hospice of the Western Reserve.


Over time, that tiny operation grew from caring for 23 cancer patients in 1978 to a nonprofit agency caring for more than 1,100 patients a day who are living with a wide range of advanced illnesses. Since its inception, the agency has cared for more than 120,000 people in the Northern Ohio community.

View our full historic timeline here.


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Northern Ohio's Hospice of Choice

More than 1,000 Hospice of the Western Reserve employees and 3,000 volunteers live and work side-by-side in the same neighborhoods with our patients and families. We are privileged to have cared for more than 100,000 Northern Ohioans since our inception.