1982
Apr- First Organizational Task Force Meeting
Sept- Adopted name of program to be “Hospice of Kankakee Valley”
Oct- Received Illinois Articles of Incorporation
Dec- Sadye Stoltenberg appointed Volunteer Coordinator
Theresa Diepeveen appointed Asst. Volunteer Coordinator

1983
Apr- First group of Board of Directors appointed
Became member of Illinois State Hospice Organization
Aug- Office established at Datafax
Sept- Accepted first Hospice client
Dec- Received State of Illinois Non Profit Status
19 Volunteers trained this year
4 families received care

1984
Feb- Ruth Maple, Volunteer, first Executive Director
Apr- Moved office to 162 l/2 E. Court Street
May- First Annual Meeting held
July- Illinois Dept. of Public Health license received
Aug.- Sarah Hertz, first Executive Director, hired part-time
29 Volunteers completed training this year
20 families received care

1985
Jan- Hospice of Kankakee Valley By-Laws adopted by Board
May- Illinois Sales Tax Exemption received
6 Volunteers completed training this year
28 families received care

1986
Feb- First part-time Volunteer Coordinator hired
Oct- Part-time secretary hired
11 Volunteers trained this year
35 families received care

1987
Feb- Joined National Hospice Organization
17 Volunteers completed training this year
44 families received care

1988
Apr- Office moved to United Way Building, 657 E. Court Street
Oct- First annual Card Party Fundraiser held in October
7 Volunteers trained this year
39 families received care

1989
Jan- Became a United Way Agency
Feb- Gretchen Schuster hired as first full-time Exec. Director
6 Volunteers trained this year
35 families received care

1990
May- Dotty Lagesse began as Executive Director
Sept- R.N., hired part-time for palliative consultations
Oct- First grief support group held
20 Volunteers trained this year
52 families received care

1991
July- First large bequest received
Sept- First big fundraiser held, “Presenting Steve Allen”
Oct- Part-time social worker hired
Nov- Board recommended that HKV become Medicare certified
3 Volunteers trained this year
51 families received care

1992
Apr- Strategic Plan Completed
Spiritual Advisory Committee and other new committees formed in anticipation of Medicare certification
May- First annual awards given at Annual Meeting
Sept- First Pt. Care Coordinator hired
Nov- First volunteer appreciation brunch held
11 Volunteers trained this year
47 families received care

1993
Feb- Volunteer Advisory Committee formed
Mar- Received full service license from State of Illinois
Admitted first full service client
Apr- Fundraiser – “An Evening with Lt. Col. Oliver North, Ret.” held
May- Medicare certification effective 5-26-93
July- Medicaid certification received
Nov- First Service of Remembrance held
Tenth Anniversary/Volunteer Dinner held – Dr. Eve Gordon, speaker
21 Volunteers trained this year
70 families received care

1994
Jan- First Certified Nurses Assistants and additional nurses hired and trained
June- Office remodeling and expansion completed
July- Hired first Chaplain
Aug- Board/Community Ethics Committee formed
Nov- Administrative Coordinator hired
13 Volunteers trained this year
116 families received care

1995
Feb- Moved to new offices at 1015 N. Fifth Ave., Kankakee
July- Hired part-time Community Relations Coordinator
Tree of Life fundraising campaign began
Sept- First nursing home patient admitted to HKV
Oct- Friends of Hospice Fund Development Board formed
Dec- Joint Hospitals Task Force Committee formed to investigate HKV restructuring
First Holiday Fundraiser held
10 Volunteers trained this year
129 families received care

1996
Mar- Hospice Board passed proposal of both hospitals to increase funding and provide consultants
July- First Playhouse Raffle Fundraiser
Aug- First Illinois Veteran’s Home patient admitted
25 Volunteers trained this year
179 families received care

1997
Jan- Began balance billing insurance patients/families
Oct- Volunteer Protection Act enacted
16 Volunteers trained this year
233 families received care

1998
Feb- Acquisition of additional office space – conference room/lunch room & 2 offices
Mar- First Annual Hospice Seminar held
Apr- Strategic Plan set in motion
17 Volunteers trained this year
234 families received care

1999
Jan- U.S. Postal Service released “Hospice Care” stamp
July- Dr. Debono & Dr. Rao hired as first part-time Medical Directors
10 Volunteers trained this year
239 families received care

2000
Jan- Employee SEP (retirement) began with 1999 funds
Oct- First time census of 50 patients
11 Volunteers trained this year
320 families received care

2001
Jan- Staff Tuition Reimbursement Policy approved
Mar- New Hospice Software purchased from Suncoast Solutions
July- Noted author, Rev. Samuel Oliver, presented a Spiritual Seminar to area clergy
Oct- Dr. Ira Byock, nationally acclaimed author and end-of-life care expert, gave presentation
6 Volunteers trained this year
329 families received care

2002
Jan- Began year-long celebration of 20 years in service
Feb- On-site compliance audit completed by outside auditor
New HKV website launched
Mar- Became a participant in the Kankakee River Valley Community Foundation
May- New position of Human Relations Coordinator created and employee hired
Expanded office space to occupy entire 2nd floor
June- New half-time position of Privacy/Compliance Officer created and employee hired
4 Volunteers trained this year
376 families received care

2003
Apr- Requirements for HIPAA Federal Privacy Rule met
July- New position of Child Bereavement Counselor created and employee hired
Aug- First on-site billing audit conducted by outside auditor
Sep- First time census of 70 patients
First Children and Teen Bereavement Support Groups held
Oct- Executive Director, Dotty Lagesse, named chairperson of statewide task force to establish
Hospice–Veterans Partnership for state of Illinois
Nov- First Youth Volunteer Training – 9 teen volunteers trained
18 Volunteers trained this year
396 families received care

2004
Mar- Began search and interviewing for full-time Medical Director
Aug- Building Fundraiser held ($101,027 raised plus more contributions after)
Nov- Purchased, renovated, and moved to building at 482 Main Street NW, Bourbonnais
Dec- Reached 30% of HKV’s service area hospice market penetration of those terminally ill (equal to national figure)
11 Volunteers trained this year
428 families received care

2005
Feb- Dr. Lynn McDonald, full-time Medical Director, hired
Mar- Kathaleen Krueger, Bereavement Services Coordinator, received Friends of Education Award from Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School for HKV’s grief support work with area children and teens
May- Executive Director, Dotty Lagesse, named chairperson of Illinois Hospice and Palliative Care Board of Directors
HKV Board of Directors voted Dr. McDonald establish a Medicare Part B private practice with HKV for palliative care
June– HKV Board of Directors voted HKV form a palliative care program
27 Volunteers trained this year
447 families received care and 1,700 people received bereavement services

2006
June- Video regarding HKV produced for community education
Oct- Phase I of Memory Garden and Landscaping began
12 Volunteers trained this year
484 families received care and 1,800 people received bereavement services

2007
Jan- Begin entire year celebration of 25th anniversary of Hospice of Kankakee Valley
April- “Eleventh Hour” Volunteer Program initiated – 5 volunteers trained
Aug- Illinois Department of Public Health Survey resulted in 0 deficiencies
HKV hosted first Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours”
Oct- Dr. Lynn McDonald, Medical Director, received the “Physician of the Year Award” from Provena St. Mary’s Hospital
Nov– Began using new by-line, “Our family, caring for yours”, and “It’s about Life”as a public education focus
11 Volunteers trained this year
493 families received care and 2,035 people received bereavement services

2008
Mar- HKV receives “Larry Power Community Excellence Award” from Bradley-Bourbonnais Regional Chamber of Commerce
May- Dotty Lagesse, Executive Director, received the “Athena Award” from the Kankakee Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Women in Business Seminar
11 Volunteers trained this year
537 families received care

2009
Aug- First Annual Commemorative Butterfly Release
Sep- State Senator, Toi Hutchinson, toured office and met with staff
Oct- First time census of 100 patients
10 Volunteers trained this year
592 families received care

2010
May- Memory Garden construction is completed – 1ST phase
Reception for Dotty Lagesse, Executive Director, 20 years with HKV
Dec- Nurse Practitioner hired.
8 Volunteers trained this year
549 families received care

2011
May- First Annual Steps to Hope 5K Walk and Run
Oct- First employee, Kathy Goers, Office Manager, to reach 25 years of employment
2nd phase of Memory Garden completed
Dec- “Recipes for Hope” Cookbook fundraiser began
566 families received care

2012
Jul- 30th HKV Anniversary celebration
Nov- Last holiday, Hospice for all Seasons, fundraiser held
Dec- Construction of new addition storage area completed
25 Volunteers trained this year
566 families received care

2013
Jan- New Executive Director, Kevin Turner, began
Feb- Remodeling of garage to 6 offices completed