About Us

Hospice and Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley was incorporated as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, volunteer intensive program in 1985. As the sole provider of hospice and palliative care in Blaine County, we serve a jurisdiction of 2644 square miles that includes the cities of Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey, Bellevue, Picabo and Carey Idaho. We do not charge for any of our services, do not bill private insurance and have chosen not to be a Medicare certified hospice. Rather, we serve the needs of patients, families and the community following the Hospice Standard of Care and are totally supported by charitable donations. High utilization of volunteers, both lay and professional support the 3.2 FTE staff. Creativity, innovation, quality and clinical excellence are hallmarks of this hospice.

We are members of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the Idaho Quality of Life Coalition, are a NHPCO Quality Partner and have strong established relationships within the local medical community, health care facilities, schools, businesses and first responders.

Our hospice, its staff and volunteers have received numerous awards. In 2008, from the Idaho Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement and from the Idaho Business Review, a Health Care Hero in the hospice category. In addition, Carolyn Nystrom is the Winner of The Cambia Health Foundation--2012 SOJOURNS AWARDS. December 2012 Carolyn Nystrom is awarded The Nancy Cord Vision of Philanthropy Award.It recognizes individuals who excel in areas of humanitarianism, leadership and philanthropy. In 2015 Carolyn Nystrom was named Woman of the Year by readers of the Idaho Mountain Express.

We have a respected reputation for commitment to excellence, competency and integrity.













507 1st Ave. N | PO Box 4320 | Ketchum ID 83340 | 208-726-8464 | >hospice@hwrv.svcoxmail.com