Treasure Coast Hospice – 40 Years of Caring
When Marjorie “Nunie” Harrington began her journey to Miami in 1978, she hoped to bring hospice care to the Treasure Coast of Florida. If she only knew how her journey would spark a fire to bring end-of-life care to our community.
Her vision to provide hospice care ignited passion in other dedicated volunteers, like Carol Pendleton, Leta Williams, Tecla Shaw and Cecelia Furey, RN. Today, we are grateful to all of our founders who worked tirelessly to ensure our community would have access to compassionate, quality end-of-life care from a locally-based hospice provider.
During the past four decades, Treasure Coast Hospice has cared for generations of families. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we have expanded our programs and services, forged new partnerships and embraced innovations in hospice care to meet the growing needs of our community.
While our organization has grown to serve more than 4,000 patients annually, Treasure Coast Hospice remains dedicated to its mission and to the legacy of its founders: to provide holistic patient-centered care and comfort to patients and families at the end of life.
Treasure Coast Hospice Milestones
1982 - Hospice of the Treasure Coast receives state license and opens office in Ft. Pierce.
1982 - Hospice auxiliary members, later known as Founding Friends of Treasure Coast Hospice, hold the first Snowflake Ball.
1988 - Since opening, Hospice of the Treasure Coast helps 500 patients.
1989 - Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation established to support services beyond general patient care.
1992 - Harper Inpatient Unit opens in Stuart.
1995 - First Camp Good Grief held, providing a weekend of hope and healing for 26 children.
1994 - First hospice Thrift Store opens in Ft Pierce.
1996 - Hay-Madeira Inpatient Unit opens in Stuart; officially named in 2006.
1998 - Eight-bed Inpatient Unit opens in Fort Pierce.
2002 - Mayes Center opens in Stuart.
2004 - Hospice of the Treasure Coast and Hospice of Martin and St. Lucie merge to become Treasure Coast Hospice.
2004 - Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne destroy Fort Pierce Inpatient Unit.
2007 - St. Lucie County Inpatient Unit opens, offering 16 private suites for patients.
2009 - Treasure Coast Hospice serves 3,000+ patients in Martin and St. Lucie counties.
2011 - Thomas Counseling Center (TCC) opens in Ft. Pierce next to St. Lucie County Inpatient Unit.
2011 - Patient pet care program formed, later to become Treasured Pets.
2013 – Specialized Pediatric Program, Little Treasures, established to care for children and families with life-limiting illness.
2015 - Treasure Coast Hospice becomes one of 141 hospices nationwide selected to participate in the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Care Choices Model.
2016 - St. Lucie Inpatient Unit garden officially opens.
2018 - Treasure Coast Hospice begins $1M renovation project for all three Inpatient Units, investing in state-of-the-art medical equipment and patient care enhancements.
2019 - Newly renovated St. Lucie Inpatient Unit dedicated as The Lynch Pavilion to honor the wishes of an anonymous donor who left a generous bequest.
2020 – Treasure Coast Hospice certified as Great Place to Work.
2021 - Treasure Coast Hospice opens an office in Okeechobee County.
2021 – Treasure Coast Hospice earns Level 5 We Honor Veterans distinction.
2022 – Treasure Coast Hospice certified as Great Place to Work for the third year in a row.