Over the last four decades, the communities of the Mid-Willamette Valley have come to know and rely on Benton Hospice Service. The area non-profit was formed in 1980 by local medical providers, David and Jean Kliewer and a group of dedicated volunteers, as a community resource for residents nearing the end of life. With roots firmly planted, Benton Hospice Service has grown to become a vibrant non-profit organization with over 50 employees and 125 volunteers, and serving upwards of 400 patients a year. However, a recent community perception study suggested that for the organization to continue to meet the needs of an aging population, they should reconsider their name.
“We had heard for years that residents were confused,” reported Director of Community Engagement Laurie Russell, “and their confusion was understandable.”
The results of the study showed that nearly half of all residents thought the organization only served Benton County. Many called them Benton “County” Hospice. Many others thought the organization was part of—or funded by—county government. In fact, Benton Hospice Service has always been an independent, non-profit community resource that serves not only Benton County, but also Linn, Polk, Lincoln, Marion and Lane counties.
After a year of hard work, research and testing, the organization has changed their name to “Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care.”
“Our new name is not merely a desire to change. But rather an opportunity to shine a light on our legacy,” announced Executive Director Kelly Beard. She continued, “We proudly remain an independent non-profit. As a charitable organization, Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care is funded, in part, by the generous support of our Mid-Willamette Valley community. This enables us to provide the highest possible support and care for our neighbors, exceeding the levels required by Medicare and private insurance. Yes, we have a new name. But we are the same organization and our nearly 40-year legacy remains firmly at our core.”
Founded as Benton Hospice Service in 1980, Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care™ is an independent, non-profit community resource providing responsive care for local residents nearing the end of life. Lumina ensures in-home comfort, compassion and control for every patient throughout their remaining days. Wherever home is.