“We envision a center that is welcoming to everyone in our Western Montana community. We envision a center where people of all ages can come to learn about the sacred and mysterious process of death and dying; a place where people can come to talk about hard things in a safe, supportive and caring atmosphere;
a center where people can talk about end-of-life options and plans away from the constraints of a doctor’s office well before their own end-of-life journey; a center to talk about funerals, burial and cremation;
a center where people can receive grief support and counseling after their loved one dies; a center where we can have classes and talks about all of these things and more.
This isn’t just a hospice center. It is an end-of-life and learning center.”
— Nancy LeBuhn Pickhardt, RN/BSN, founding board member
Provide state-of-the-art hospice care — inpatient, residential and respite — for Western Montana.
Create a place where the community gathers for end-of-life education and support.
Build a center for all, where the care and compassion provided values the final stage of life.
Over the past four years, members of the Partners Hope Foundation board engaged local healthcare providers, hospice and palliative care professionals with the goal of understanding the community’s needs. Additional findings from the Weatherbee operational feasibility study and Curt Miner and Associates’ positioning study strongly support our vision to create and sustain an end-of-life center for Western Montana. A center where:
dying individuals and their families can receive state-of-the-art holistic care
everyone is welcome regardless of income level or social status
grief counseling, education and other support services are provided
community collaboration is fundamental
Partners Hope Foundation, guided by a group of community leaders, recognizes the significant need for a dedicated hospice facility in Western Montana. Board members visited hospice facilities throughout the country, conducted an operational feasibility study and are working with local architects to design a 12 – 15 bed, 15,000-square-foot facility. Partners Hope Foundation became a 501c3 in 2017 and began collaborating with Partners In Home Care, one of the most highly regarded home health and hospice providers in our region.
A center where all people are welcome, regardless of income level or social status. A center where dying individuals and their families and communities will receive state-of-the-art holistic care, grief counseling, education and resources. A center where emotional and spiritual support is provided and allows families to make medically important decisions and plan for the end of life.