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Reflections of Fifty Years
The rich history of hospice care!
In 1980 Steve and Loa Winter moved to New Hampshire from California and introduced hospice care to the region.
In 1981 Hospice of the Kearsarge Valley was established with Loa Winter overseeing volunteer training. Shown above is Dr. Jack Kirk, one of several physicians who helped develop hospice, talking about a doctor’s perspective on death during a volunteer workshop in 1981. The goal then and now is for trained volunteers to be part of the caregiving team for patients facing life-limiting illness.
In 1990 Hospice of the Kearsarge Valley merged with Lake Sunapee Home Health Care to become Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association.
In 1991 Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association was certiﬁed by Medicare as a hospice provider.