Dignity Health
  • The Hoffmann Story

    Tom and Beth Hoffmann were busy business owners in 1990 when a young AIDS-stricken mother turned to their home-health agency for help.

    They referred her to what was then Bakersfield’s only hospice agency, but she was denied. The Hoffmann’s cared for the woman until her death in 1994.

    Deeply touched by the experience of caring for the mother and her two HIV-positive children, the Hoffmann’s founded their non-profit hospice agency the following year with the pledge that no hospice eligible patients would ever be turned away, regardless of their illness or ability to pay.

    The early years were a test of fortitude as the Hoffmann’s labored to establish their agency in the Bakersfield healthcare community. They opened the office in east Bakersfield, sharing space with Hoffmann Homecare, the family’s for-profit business.

    Now the oldest and most respected hospice agency in Kern County, Hoffmann Hospice offers the highest quality end-of-life care to hundreds of terminally ill patients every year. The agency strives for continued excellence in medical, bereavement and spiritual care, earning its accreditation through the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP), the highest accreditation in the healthcare community.

    The Hoffmanns and their staff contiually seek new ways of serving Kern County. Their vision for the future includes a Hoffmann Hospice Home, where patients like the young mother who started it all will have warm and comforting place in which to spend their final days. Read more about our Hoffmann Hospice Home at the above “Hospice Home Project” link.