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History

In 1981 a small group of visionaries understood the value of providing end-of-life care to patients and their families, where and when they needed it. From that vision, we have responded to the needs of dying and grieving people by expanding into areas where we’ve been invited and staying where we are needed – serving more than 17,500 individuals and their families.

The values embraced by the early dreamers and believers – respect for the dignity of people, belief in the quality of life, a willingness to serve and a commitment to caring – have sustained the organization and provided direction for the future.

1978 First meeting of the board of directors of Hospice of the Red River Valley.
1981 First patient served.
1983 HRRV becomes the first hospice west of the Mississippi to be Medicare certified.
1984 Services expand to all of Cass and Clay counties.
1985 HRRV expands care to Traill county; office established in Mayville, N.D.
1993 HRRV and Lakes Area Hospice (Detroit Lakes) merge; service area expanded to include Becker, Norman, Mahnomen and Ottertail counties.
1995 HRRV merges with Northland Community Hospice (Thief River Falls); service area now includes Marshall, Pennington and Red Lake counties.
1996 HRRV opens office in Lisbon, N.D.; service area now includes Ransom, Sargent, LaMoure and Dickey counties.
1998 HRRV opens office in Valley City, N.D.; Barnes county added to service area.
1999 Thief River Falls office sold to First Care out of Fosston, Minn.
2000 Campaign started to create an endowment fund for the future of the organization.
2002 First $1 million of endowment fund raised; average daily census exceeds 100 patients; physician hired.
2003 Fargo office moves into new space in the West Acres Office Park building in south Fargo. Heirlooms, a high-end resale store which will provide support for HRRV, opens.
2004 Average daily census increases 61 percent. Partnering begins with area  palliative care programs.
2005 HRRV opens an office in Grand Forks, N.D., now extending its services to 29 counties in North Dakota and Minnesota. Census for the year exceeds 1,000 patients. The Legacy Society, the planned giving arm of the organization, is formed.
2006 HRRV collaborates with RiverView Healthcare Association in Crookston, Minn., to assume care of the patients in their hospice program.
2007 HRRV purchases its current office building and begins renovation on additional space. Census reaches 300 patients a day. Legacy Society tops 134 members.
2009 Expanded services include individuals living in Thief River Falls and surrounding communities.
2011 Heirlooms relocates to larger retail space in south Fargo.

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