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HSPC12402 | Government Grant Application

Hospice In The Desert | Application Preview

  • General Information

    Business Registration Number: HSPC12402

    Location: Tucson, AZ, United States

    Length of Operation: 1-5

    Number of Employees: 1-10 Employees

    Annual Gross Income: Less than $100k

    Annual Gross Expense: $100k to $250k

    Open to Loans: NO

  • Funding Usage

    We will be using the funding to help develop our inpatient hospice unit, which will require additional equipment, and staffing. We also need to purchase a professional grade copier/printer, a call bell system, and items such as linens and towels.

  • Business Plan

    We plan to grow by increasing our marketing and opening our own inpatient unit rather than utilizing nursing home beds. When hospital case managers learn we have opened our own hospice, they always ask "where is your inpatient unit and how many beds to Me and my business partner have been in the hospice industry each over 15 years. She eventually became the manager and I became a nurse practitioner. I have achieved my certification as an advanced hospice and palliative care practitioner, which makes me an expert in the field. We are well known to care homes and providers in the community who have already begun referring to us.

  • Self Identified Competition

    Tucson Medical Center is a hospital based hospice. It receives a large number of referrals from the hospital and has a free standing inpatient unit. Casa de la Luz was initially started by two local women and developed a fantastic reputation in the community and a free standing inpatient unit. It has now been sold twice, first to LHC then to Optum and the reputation is struggling. Agape hospice was started locally but quickly sold to a national corporation and they have the ability to market aggressively. We decided to open our own hospice because we have seen the industry become too corporate. So many new hospices are owned by large companies or corporations and this has taken the sense of community out of the care. We want our patients and families to feel like they are being cared for by their neighbor, or by someone who shops at the same grocery, or attended the same hospital. We want our patients and families to know we are providing the same level of care that would provide to our own family members.

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