Written by Donald A. Promnitz
First finalist: Poverello House
Second finalist: Marjaree Mason Center
The humane efforts of a nurse have resulted in one of the most celebrated nonprofits in the Central Valley and one of the best-known hospice services.
Operating in Fresno, Madera and Merced counties, Hinds Hospice began 36 years ago when nurse Nancy Hinds began providing hospice care out of her own home. Today, Hinds Hospice has 200 employees and 500 volunteers taking care of roughly 200 to 250 patients at any given time.
It is also the only hospice service in the Central Valley that can give full pediatric hospice care to children.
Hinds Hospice runs three thrift shops in Clovis, Madera and Chowchilla to help support operations. Rob Walker, marketing and communications manager for Hinds Hospice, said that it is the community in the Central Valley that keeps them at work.
“We’ve been here since 1981,” Walker said, “and we exist solely because the public supports us.”
Business Journal readers, who voted Hinds Hospice Best Nonprofit for the third consecutive year, reflect this support.
“We are going to continue providing the great care that our mission depends on,” Walker said. “The same great care that we’ve given since 1981.”