The Blue Ridge Hospice Mission: To make quality end-of-life care available to individuals and families facing serious illness, to support anyone in our community affected by death, dying, and loss, and to provide physical, emotional, social, and spiritual care for terminally ill patients and their families. Services provided allow the patient to live as pain-free and comfortable as possible while being cared for with dignity, respect, and compassion.
History of The Blue Ridge Hospice: 43 years ago, in 1974 when Gail Rodgers faced the death of her father, hospice services did not exist in The Shenandoah Valley and were little recognized in The United States. Some years later, Gail and longtime friend, Helen Zebarth of Winchester, decided to bring the hospice experience to others. Their determination created the foundation for Blue Ridge Hospice in 1981. In 1983, Helen asked The Winchester Star to publish an article about hospice and the local need for this service. In response to this call for support, funds arrived, thanks to the local community, saving the future of this not-for-profit healthcare organization