In 1997, when the Hospice of Oklahoma County merged its operations with a local hospital, proceeds were used to establish the Hospice Foundation of Oklahoma, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. At the same time, the organization created a permanently endowed affiliated fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to support and promote palliative and hospice care in Oklahoma.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care occurs simultaneously with aggressive or curative treatments, often managing symptoms that these therapies cause. Palliative care is not necessarily restricted to those patients who are dying.

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.

Grants Program

Through their grant program, the Hospice Foundation of Oklahoma, Inc. and the Hospice Foundation of Oklahoma Affiliated Fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation work together to improve the end-of-life care and build awareness of hospice and palliative care options throughout Oklahoma.

Khader K. Hussein Awards in Palliative Care

This award program is designed to recognize and encourage graduating medical and nursing students who demonstrate an interest in palliative care and end-of-life issues. The annual awards are presented to a graduating medical student from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and a graduating nursing student from the University of Oklahoma School of Nursing, Oklahoma City University’s Kramer School of Nursing, the University of Central Oklahoma Department of Nursing, Langston University School of Nursing and the Southern Nazarene University School of Nursing.