“One thing that has not changed and should not change is our mission,” she said. “Today we’re celebrating 30 years of extraordinary care, compassion and commitment.”
The organization exists to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families dealing with life-limiting illness and to assist family members after the death of a loved one by providing comprehensive and coordinated care and support, according to its website.
Several people who founded the organization in 1982 were at the luncheon and were inducted into the Alpha Society.
The woman whose idea sparked the project, Evelyn Lake, was recognized, as well as the Junior League. The organization’s $30,000 grant to get hospice started was larger than any they had given at the time.
“It took the cooperation of all the hospitals to make this work,” state Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, said. “Then, as now, the idea that we cannot cure every patient is hard to accept.”
Three volunteers who’ve served 30 years with the organization also were recognized with membership in the Alpha Society: Margo Adams, Maudean West and Rick Jett.
Jett also has been recognized by the national Hospice and Palliative Care Organization for his volunteer work as an accountant for the Hospice of East Texas, and will accept the award Nov. 5