Hospice of Dubuque Timeline—40 Years of Caring

Since 1983, it has been our privilege to care for your loved ones. In celebration of this milestone, take a journey over the past 40 years with our digital timeline highlighting our history.

1983

Hospice of Dubuque begins serving the community with five volunteer nurses and a small group of community volunteers.

Pictured: Betty Takes, Kay Frommelt, Judy McDermott, and Ruth Turnis, four of the five original volunteer nurses.

Dubuque hospice program starts Monday
Article courtesy of the Telegraph Herald
 

1983

1984

Hospice of Dubuque publishes the first newsletter.

1984

1985

The Internal Revenue Service approves Hospice of Dubuque as a tax-exempt, charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code.

501(c)(3) certificate

 

1985

1987

In January 1987, Executive Director, Barb Zoeller, is hired. 

Barbara Bush visits Hospice of Dubuque.
Article courtesy of the Telegraph Herald

Pictured: Barbara Bush, Judy McDermott, and Margie Benda

1987

1988

Louie Barrett and Bev Rech, the first two Hospice of Dubuque “Volunteers of the Year” are featured in a newspaper article.
Article courtesy of the Telegraph Herald

1988

1989

Hospice of Dubuque applies for Medicare/Medicaid certification, which is granted early in 1990.

Hospice of Dubuque aims for Medicare certification
Article courtesy of the Telegraph Herald

1989

1990

Hospice of Dubuque’s Original Staff

Pictured, Front Row: Naomi Vonesh (Hospice Nurse), Barb Zoeller (Director), Judi Carr (Patient Care Coordinator); Back Row: Nancy Diehm (Hospice Social Worker), Lavonne Noel (Financial Coordinator), Lucy Wentworth (Volunteer Coordinator), and Elaine Miller (Hospice Nurse), Not pictured: Sandy Weresch (Bereavement Coordinator)

1990

1991

Hospice of Dubuque begins to develop contracts with local nursing homes to bring hospice care to facility residents. Services in nursing homes begins in 1992.

Director's Message

1991

1992

Hospice of Dubuque moves to a new location.

Pictured are members of the Board of Directors and Volunteers

1992

1993

In conjunction with the organization’s 10-year anniversary, Hospice of Dubuque holds its first annual memorial service with a ceremony in the Clarke College atrium.

Hospice of Dubuque contracts with two nursing homes to pilot hospice services in the long-term care setting. 

 

1993

1994

Hospice of Dubuque continues to grow to respond to the needs of the community. The organization relocates to 3448 Hillcrest Road in Dubuque. 

1994

1995

Hospice expands services beyond Dubuque County into portions of Jones and Jackson County in Iowa and into Jo Daviess County in Illinois. The organization’s name had been Hospice of Dubuque County but is changed to Hospice of Dubuque at this time.
Article courtesy of the Telegraph Herald

1995

1996

A tree is planted in Washington Park in downtown Dubuque to serve as the community’s Tree of Life with a stone marker that states: “Celebrating life…in all of its stages. A gift to the community in honor of Hospice families and those who support the care of the terminally ill.” 

The Saga of the Tree
 

1996

1997

Hospice of Dubuque volunteer, Carole Carroll works with Bryce Parks to develop a video to help educate the community about hospice services. The video wins first place at the local ADDY awards.

1997

1998

Hospice of Dubuque becomes licensed in Wisconsin, and is now a tri-state provider offering hospice care in all three states!  

Hospice of Dubuque continues to be the community’s leader in end-of-life matters, forming the End of Life Care Team with Mercy Hospital and Finley Hospital. 
 

1998

1999

With additional growth, the organization moves to a larger space in Asbury Square. The ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2255 JFK Road includes a presentation of the national commemorative hospice stamp. Check out the cost of postage in 1999—33 cents!

1999

2000

Betty Takes, one of the founding nurses, retires. Hospice of Dubuque is in existence today because of the work of Betty and other early visionaries. 

2000

2001

Hospice of Dubuque continues to be the leading nonprofit hospice in the tri-state area. Community fundraisers support our mission through the 3rd Annual Tour de Dubuque.

2001

2003

Hospice of Dubuque celebrates 20 years!
Sunrise and Sunsets Booklet courtesy of the Telegraph Herald

In order to serve the greater Dyersville area, Hospice of Dubuque’s service area expands to include the eastern portion of Delaware County.

2003

2004

BestFest is the hottest party in town!

Late in 2004, Medicare amends the regulations to provide greater access to the Medicare Hospice Benefit, which had previously been underutilized by patients with non-cancer diagnoses.

2004

2005

During National Hospice month, and throughout the years to come, Hospice of Dubuque walks with your tri-state neighbors. With the theme, May I Walk You Home? the Hospice of Dubuque staff and volunteers acknowledge those with whom they are privileged to journey on their final walk home. 

2005

2006

Each year, in conjunction with Memorial Day, Hospice of Dubuque invites the community to gather and remember loved ones during our Tree of Life Memorial Service. The first Tree of Life event happened in 1995.

2006

2007

Due to the increased number of patients being served, the care team is split into east and west sections in order to continue providing the most responsive care.

Hospice of Dubuque is featured in the Telegraph Herald's Newsmakers.

2007

2008

A new look for the newsletter and an updated brochure are unveiled in conjunction with the celebration of our 25th Anniversary.

A large bequest, for establishing a permanent hospice office, is received in November. Hospice of Dubuque purchases a former hardware store and simultaneously begins renovations and a capital campaign.

2008

2009

The Building for Compassion Capital Campaign is in full swing.
Article courtesy of Julien's Journal

The Hospice of Dubuque daisy logo is updated and a tagline is added to accentuate the organization’s purpose.

2009

2010

Hospice of Dubuque moves to its current location at 1670 JFK Road in May, following a successful capital campaign, conducted entirely by staff and volunteers.

A reflection written by a hospice nurse is mailed to community members and supporters.

2010

2011

After 25 years of service with Hospice of Dubuque, Barb Zoeller retires in April and Lavonne Noel is named Executive Director.

With grant funding from the Dubuque Racing Association and the Hospice of Dubuque Foundation, the organization implements an electronic medical record system in October.

2011

2012

Hospice of Dubuque’s Patient Care Director, Bonnie Hancock, is chosen for an American Red Cross Everyday Heroes of the Tri-States Award.

2012

2013

Hospice of Dubuque celebrates 30 years of compassion with an award-winning year!

  • Hospice of Dubuque is selected as a Winning Workplace through a contest sponsored by the Telegraph Herald.
  • AAF Dubuque awards Hospice of Dubuque with a Silver ADDY Award for the original video, Letting Go.
  • The National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization Creative Art Contest recognizes Hospice of Dubuque for its photo, Gone Fishin’.
2013

2014

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization recognizes Betty Takes, RN, BSN, for her service with Hospice of Dubuque. Betty receives the Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Award, which identifies hospice volunteers from across the country who best reflect the concept of volunteerism, most notably serving as an inspiration to others.

2014

2015

With an aging population and increased media attention on end-of-life issues, Hospice of Dubuque’s community education efforts are expanded.

The Annual Report reflects the organization's commitment to its mission.

2015

2016

The American Cancer Society honors Mark Hermann, MD, with the Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award. Dr. Hermann, Hospice of Dubuque Co-Medical Director, receives this prestigious national honor in recognition of excellence and compassion in providing patient care, going beyond his duties to make a difference in the lives of patients and families.
Article courtesy of TH Media

2016

2017

As the organization continues to evolve, Hospice of Dubuque expands its Leadership Team.

2017

2018

Hospice of Dubuque is featured as a nonprofit that benefits the tri-state community in Biz Times.

Bill's Tap celebrates the final Fish Fry. Over the event’s 21-year history, more than $200,000 has been raised to benefit Hospice of Dubuque.
Article courtesy of TH Media

2018

2019

Hospice of Dubuque continues its tradition of holistic, patient-centered care and is featured in 'Hospice helps clients LIVE WELL.'
Article courtesy of TH Media

 

2019

2020

In spite of Covid-19, Hospice of Dubuque continues to provide care to tri-state individuals in the final stage of life and offers support to their loved ones and caregivers.

2020

2021

Hospice of Dubuque continues its tradition of dedicated service to the members of our tri-state community. Our staff and volunteers live in the cities, towns, and rural areas throughout our tri-state area. As locals ourselves, we know and understand the hometowns we serve. No community is just a place on the map; these are the places we also call home. 

2021

2022

Hospice of Dubuque is recognized as a five-star hospice, an achievement that places the organization among the top 10% of all hospices in the country. Five stars is the highest quality rating available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is based on family satisfaction surveys.

 

2022