Hospice El Paso had a noble beginning in 1978 when a group of concerned citizens took it upon themselves to see that terminally ill patients could live the remaining days of their lives in a pain free, loving atmosphere. They believed hospice to be both a concept and program which focused on helping the patient and their families live to their full potential. The founding years saw a development of care which included not only trained professionals, but also the inclusion of social work, volunteer, and bereavement services for the family.