Twenty-five years ago, leaders from Harris Hospital and Arlington Memorial (both now Texas Health Resources), St. Joseph Hospital (now Ascension Providence), and Huguley Hospital (now a Texas Health Resource partner) all had a vision. They dreamed of creating a not-for-profit community-based hospice dedicated to providing the highest quality end-of-life care services for children and adults across the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Waco communities.
That dream became a reality on May 1, 1996, when the largest not-for-profit hospice in the state was formed as Community Hospice of Texas in the DFW area and Providence Hospice in the Waco region.
Building on the firm foundation laid in 1996, Community Hospice of Texas/Providence Hospice began pursuing new ways to meet the ever-changing needs of the communities we serve. In 1998 we opened the Hospice House at Huguley, the first inpatient hospice unit in North Texas. Two additional inpatient units would follow with Hospice House Downtown in Fort Worth in 2003 and Providence Hospice Place at Waco’s St. Catherine Center in 2013. Our dedication to care continued with expansion to more rural areas with the acquisition of our Mexia location in 2002 and our Whitney location in 2012.
As the first pediatric hospice provider in the DFW and Waco areas, we pioneered care for children facing a life-limiting illness. Today, our Little Doves Pediatric Hospice Program continues to serve children from pre-birth to young adulthood and we remain the sole provider of pediatric hospice care in the Waco area.
Most recently, in 2019, we changed our name in all markets to Community Healthcare of Texas. This name change reflected our ongoing commitment to providing the best care for patients and families as they navigate their healthcare needs when diagnosed with a serious or terminal illness. It also allows us the opportunity to expand and improve on our mission and goals in an ever-changing healthcare environment.
While many things have changed for Community Healthcare of Texas over the past quarter of a century, our commitment to quality and compassionate community-based care has not. Since 1996 we have had the honor of caring for more than 72,000 patients and their families. With the support of our generous donors, we have also provided more than $20 million in uninsured care. Behind each one of these numbers is the story of a child, a parent, a grandparent, a spouse, or a beloved friend, who received comfort and care for themselves and their family in their final moments of life.