History

A History of Leadership

Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care’s (MNHPC) history dates back to 1980 when a group of committed individuals came together to form Hospice Minnesota (now MNHPC). Two Minnesotans active with the National Hospice Organization (now National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization–NHPCO) also founded the organization.

Minnesota was and continues to be a leader in the hospice field. The state’s first hospice, Hospice St. Paul (affiliated with Bethesda Hospital), was one of 27 demonstration hospice programs in the country, with other Minnesota hospitals establishing inpatient hospice units with designated hospice beds.

Today, MNHPC is the state’s leading palliative and hospice care network, bringing providers, business partners and individuals together to increase knowledge, access services, and strengthen advocacy for people living with a serious illness or experiencing the end of life.