In 1982 Beloit Regional Hospice was founded by 22 greater Beloit area residents and led by Dr. Burton VanderLaan. These individuals recognized the need for quality end-of-life care for the Stateline area. The committee further believed that the compassionate care that was necessary must include the whole family, for the whole family could advocate for the patient’s additional spiritual and emotional needs, in addition to those physical needs a health professional would cover. While regular technological developments have advanced the way we provide care our core beliefs have remained unchanged. Beloit Regional Hospice still provides compassionate care through the end-of-life journey and patient’s family and friends are still an important part of the care team.
In 2016 Beloit Regional Hospice became a member of the Beloit Health System, formalizing a long-standing relationship. This merger allowed the scope of care to be broadened and a Palliative Care team was created. Palliative care is available for individuals with a serious illness and is focused on providing relief from the symptoms, pain and stress associated with the illness. Patients receiving palliative care are still able to seek curative treatment. In addition to hospice and palliative care Beloit Regional Hospice also provides free grief support services. Grief Support Groups are available to anyone in the community who has experienced a loss. The Beloit Regional Hospice service area includes: Rock, Green, Walworth, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry and Stephenson Counties.
Beloit Regional Hospice staff and volunteers spend each and every day committed to making each moment of remaining life as full and comfortable as possible. Support from community members has ensured that high-quality end-of-life care remains available to all in need, regardless of their ability to pay.