Hospice of the Valley will become the hospice provider for Banner Health in the Phoenix and Tucson areas beginning Dec. 1. Banner Hospice staff will join Hospice of the Valley, ensuring a seamless transition of care for current Banner patients.

“Hospice of the Valley has 46 years of expertise in hospice care and extensive resources, including 24/7 after-hours support and nine inpatient hospice homes,” says Jim Cote, Banner’s vice president of ambulatory services. “We’re glad to know our patients are in good hands as we focus on growing our home health and ambulatory service lines.”

The two nonprofit organizations have enjoyed a long history of working together to provide patients and families with exceptional care.

“This strengthens the mission-driven care we are committed to preserving and ensures a safety net for those in need,” says Hospice of the Valley Executive Director Debbie Shumway. “We are excited to welcome Banner Hospice employees to our agency and honored to provide more families with comfort, dignity and compassionate care.”

Hospice of the Valley is the leading provider of hospice care, serving more than 23,000 patients and their families last year. Their care teams provide compassionate care in the comfort of home, relieving symptoms and addressing the patient’s medical, emotional and spiritual needs. As one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit hospices, Hospice of the Valley’s mission has remained constant since being founded in 1977: Bringing comfort, dignity and compassionate care to our community.

No one is ever turned away, regardless of insurance status or financial means. Service have expanded beyond hospice care. Hospice of the Valley now helps those with serious, chronic illness, as well as people at all stages of dementia; assists those transitioning from hospital to home; provides pediatric and perinatal programs to support medically fragile children; offers massage, aromatherapy, music and pet visits to improve quality of life; utilizes bilingual care teams to serve Spanish speakers; instructs medical students on the facets of palliative and hospice care.

In addition, Hospice of the Valley offers no-cost community programs, such as grief support, senior placement services and help with living wills, and is the only hospice that provides 24/7 phone support with a nurse to support families every step of the way.