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Our Hospice Services

All hospices focus on providing pain management and symptom control. However, each hospice is independently run and provides its own programs and services.

What Sets Us Apart

  • The most experienced hospice care provider in Iowa. Founded in 1978, HCI Hospice Care Services was the first hospice care provider in Iowa. Our Kavanagh House on 56th Street in Des Moines, which opened in 1993, was one of Iowa’s first hospice houses. 
  • A free-standing, community-based hospice. HCI Hospice Care Services is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Staff and volunteers are trained specifically to work with individuals and their families who are coping with an end-stage illness.
  • No one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Thanks to the HCI Foundation and generous donors, HCI Hospice Care Services is able to serve hospice-appropriate patients regardless of their ability to pay or their insurance coverage.
  • High educational standards for staff. 
  • Quality of life program. Whether it's helping to pay for utilities because finances are tight or recreating a favorite home-cooked meal, we help our patients find quality of life on their terms. Sometimes this means fulfilling wishes and create lasting memories for patients and their families.
  • Customized services. HCI Hospice Care Services goes above and beyond, offering specialized care and recognition for Veterans, support for patients' pets, Life Review recordings of patients talking about their lives, and much more.
  • Weekend and evening availability. HCI Hospice Care Services staff is on-call 24 hours, seven days a week to respond to our patients' needs.
  • Dedicated volunteers. HCI Hospice Care Services’ corps of more than 700 volunteers is key to providing quality care and support for our mission.
  • Community-based care teams. With multiple locally-based teams in communities across Iowa, we are a solid, trusted presence serving nearly half of Iowa's counties.
  • A valuable resource for the community. Our grief and loss services are available to the entire community through counseling, resources and a variety of support groups. We also offer programs and resources to help train and support caregivers.