"Cherishing Life's Journey through an extraordinary commitment to compassion, comfort and holistic care."
Founded in 2007, Hospice of Southwest Iowa is a 501c3 hospice provider, receiving organizational services through both the Visiting Nurse Association and CHI Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. We proudly serve four counties in Southwest Iowa, including Fremont, Harrison, Mills and Pottawattamie.
Superior Patient Care
All of our Medical Directors are Hospice & Palliative Care Certified, a certification that less than 1% of practicing physicians in the US currently hold (as of 12/31/2015). Two of our nurses are also certified in Hospice and Palliative Care, providing an increased level of expertise in assisting families with end of life issues. We are the only hospice provided in Pottawattamie County that offers Pediatric Hospice Services.
Patient & Family Services
Each patient and family that chooses Hospice of Southwest Iowa is provided a unique plan of care, designed by our interdisciplinary team.
This plan includes but is not limited to:
- 24/7 availability
- Pain management
- Symptom control
- Tuck in program to prepare for the weekend
- Spiritual & emotional support for both patient and family
- Durable medical equipment
- End of life planning
- Funeral planning
- Volunteer Services
- Therapy dog and pet care services
- No One Dies Alone Companion Program
- “Bucket List” wish program
- Financial assistance
- Veteran Pinning Ceremonies
- Video and DVD resource library for both patient and family
- Bereavement Support Groups, memorial services and bereavement gatherings
- Bereavement keepsake program
- Bereavement Newsletters
No one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Hospice of Southwest Iowa’s Endowment assists to serve patients and their families with financial challenges, so they may focus on their loved one and making the most of the time they have together as a family.
Hospice of Southwest Iowa was the first hospice in the state of Iowa to achieve the Level four status from the We Honor Veterans partnership with the VA and the Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. We serve on the both the Iowa and Nebraska Hospice Veteran Partnership organizations. In 2016, we became a Vietnam Veteran Commemorative Partner through the VA and Department of Defense. Additional services include private pinning ceremonies for patients, family members and community groups.
In 2015, we received a We Honor Veterans Honorable Mention for the 5th year anniversary of the partnership, one of only 16 chosen out of over 4000 hospice providers. This award highlights our dedication and service to Veterans not only on our hospice service, but in the Veteran community at large.
A cornerstone of Hospice of Southwest Iowa, we are a known leader in our community for providing needed and compelling education for all disciplines related to end of life care and the community at large. Our number one community goal is to educate and encourage meaningful end of life discussions between family members and their health care providers, so as to improve the quality of life for all and share the value and peace of mind that comes from advanced health care planning.
Click here to view a map of our service area. For a complimentary referral or more information, contact Hospice of Southwest Iowa at: 822 South Main Street, Suite 102, Council Bluffs, IA 51503. 712-352-1389
Learn more about the "Moments of Life" campaign here.