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 passing 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.
Hoffmann Hospice is now the oldest, most trusted, and 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.
In 2015 the Hoffmann’s and their staff continued to seek new ways of serving Kern County by opening Kern County’s first-and-only hospice home. Their vision was to have patients like the young mother who started it all for the Hoffmann’s to a have warm and comforting place in which to spend their final days.
Tom and Beth consider it a privilege to care for their community. They are committed to providing professional and compassionate end-of-life care when the time is needed.