Fast Facts 2017-07-06T11:13:09+00:00

Why Choose Avow?

Because we want and welcome the needy, the overwhelmed, the forgotten, the most burdened patients and families. We want to care for our community, and we have done so for more than 30 years. We responsibly steward our resources and invest them in care at the bedside. We don’t just take care of people; we create life-changing experiences for them and their loved ones. We truly live our mission:

– “Changing moments, changing lives.

Avow’s patient care philosophy:
The patient is the leader, not the clinical team.
We are here to advocate for the patient’s wishes.

What People Are Saying:

We wish to thank the Avow staff for all their wonderful care. It is a blessing to have them touch our lives.
Michael, S
Avow hospice assisted with my mom’s care for approximately 5 months before she passed away. Everyone I came in contact with was kind, patient and professional. You assisted Mom to go through her dying process “her way” and I thank you.
Judy, C
To the nurses, staff, doctors at Georgeson House, thank you so much for the gentle and loving care that you extended to my mother and me. At one point Mom said, “How wonderful these people are to me and they are complete strangers!” You do a dear and dedicated service. It was such a comfort to have my mom with you. Thank you for all you do. You are truly God’s angels.
Ann S.

Who We Are

Avow is a non-profit, independent community hospice and palliative care organization, created and managed by volunteer boards of directors.

We were formed by community volunteers and have served Collier County and southwest Florida since 1983. We are accountable to the public trust and take our direction for service development from the community.

  • We serve more than 1,700 hospice patients and hundreds of family and community members annually throughout Collier County.
  • Hundreds of seriously ill patients benefit from our outpatient palliative care consultation services.
  • We provide help with grief and loss to thousands in the community free of charge through our bereavement and spiritual care services. Participants do not have to be involved with Avow to use these services.
  • In 2015 we launched a new care management business designed to help elderly, frail seniors challenged by medical or daily living needs that impact their safety and well-being. Profits from this business are invested in Avow’s non-profit hospice, palliative care and grief support programs.
  • In 2016 we transferred our Development department to a newly formed corporation, Avow Foundation. The Foundation raises funds to support our nonprofit programs and ensures that our resources are properly invested, disbursed and stewarded.
  • We employ about 170 full- and part-time employees. An estimated additional 50 clinical employees are trained and oriented to fill in as needed, when our patient census increases.

 Campus and Facilities

Avow’s campus is near the intersection of I-75 and Pine Ridge Road in central Collier County. The property includes the E. and L. Smith Administration Center, Frances Georgeson Hospice House and the Ispiri community center. We are fundraising now to build a new building for our patient care teams, admissions team, support staffs and volunteers. The building, scheduled to be completed in 2016, will also house an outpatient palliative care clinic.

We welcome tours of our campus and often host meetings of our community partners and other nonprofit groups.

Our very beautiful inpatient facility, the Frances Georgeson Hospice House, has 16 private rooms. The caring staff there provides around-the-clock intensive pain and symptom management, respite and end-of-life care. Patients usually stay in the House five or fewer days.

The Ispiri community center on our campus was built from community donations; it is a space for healing, learning and celebrating. The building includes a computer lab, library, dedicated meeting space for our support groups and a large central room that overlooks Lake Glenna (named for our founder, Glenna Hayhoe). Ispiri is open to the community on a selected basis for events such as civic group meetings, memorial services and more.

Our Royal Palm memorial courtyard and pet memorial courtyard are special places on our campus where anyone can pay tribute to a lost loved one or pet with an engraved brick.

Other memorial opportunities such as personalized benches and tree dedication plaques are also available.

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How We Are Funded

About 82%* of our revenue comes from payments from Medicare/Medicaid or insurance companies for the care we provide. Contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations account for approximately 17% of our revenue and 3% comes from proceeds from our Treasures Resale Shop.

We receive no state, federal or United Way funding.

The community generously helps us fund our palliative care, hospice and community grief programs by providing more than $2 million annually in donated funds.

In 2014 we began the quiet phase of our $15 million “Promise 2 Give” fundraising campaign to build a clinical services building and palliative care patient care clinic on our campus, provide operations support for our hospice program and expand our outpatient palliative care services. All donations stay in Collier County to benefit our families, friends and neighbors.

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