Our History

For over 35 years, we've put people above profits

1980

Mary Ann Nimmo, a young mother with cancer, dies at age 34 in Forest Grove. In the 5 years since her diagnosis she wrote and spoke extensively about the need for hospice care.
1980

1981

Four friends of Mary Ann form a board of directors for Mary Ann Nimmo Hospice (MANH): Bill Thomason (Administrator at Forest Grove Community Hospital) and wife Sandy, and Dan Hull (Pharmacist in Forest Grove) and wife Cindy

1981

1982

MANH files articles of incorporation; bill passes for Medicare to include hospice reimbursement with payments scheduled to start fall of 1983

1982

1983

 “Office” is a desk in the WA County Homecare Association. Received 501(c)(3) status and “officially” served 3 people with 4 contract positions:

  • Nursing: Pam Shoepel
  • Social Work: Val Ivey
  • Chaplain: Rich Osburn
  • Medical Director: Gerald Gibbs, MD (pictured)

1983

1984

Medical Social Worker Val Ivey elected President of the Oregon Council of Hospices – first state group of its kind to promote accreditation and standards of care

 

1984

1989

Initial Accreditation by Oregon Hospice Association

1989

1990

Changed name to Hospice of Washington County, Received grant from Tuality Healthcare Foundation to pursue Medicare certification

1990

2000

Received Medicare certification – second hospice in Oregon (Kay Kirkbride pictured teaching)

2000

2012

Moved to 900 SE Oak St. office in Hillsboro, Andy Kyler joins as CEO

2012

2014

Name change to Care Partners, service area expanded from 3 to 5 counties

2014

2018

Care Partners becomes founding member of ONHA

2018

We Are Available Day or Night

Care Partners is on call around the clock to meet your needs