This year marks the five-year anniversary of the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, the first hospice home in central Illinois and fourth in the state.

The Gift That Started It All

In 2003, Hootie Owens, wife of Peoria entrepreneur Richard Owens, made a generous donation to OSF after her husband passed away from lung cancer. He died peacefully in his home with the help of OSF hospice care. Afterwards, Hootie pledged $2 million to help fund a hospice center in her husband’s name. Construction began in September 2011 and doors opened March 11, 2013. Since then, the home has provided 24-hour, end-of-life care to nearly 1,500 patients ranging in age from 17 to 110 years old.







We first visited OSF Hospice Home during the grand opening five years ago. Up until that point, we had never considered giving to this endeavor and was were unfamiliar with the concept of a hospice home. Upon entering the Hospice Home, we immediately sensed tranquility, peace and warmth. We realized in that moment we needed to be a part of this. We chose to donate to Hospice Home because of its importance in the community and what it means for patients and their families. This special place is a perfect illustration of the Sister’s Mission at work and what it truly means to serve with the greatest care and love through the end of life.

Mike & Molly Miller, Peoria IL






Family Testimonial

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How You Can Help

Just as our Sisters consider it a sacred privilege to care for others facing the end of life, you also can be a part of that Ministry to serve others with the greatest care and love. Gifts to the OSF Richard L. Owens

Hospice Home provide ongoing support for the hospice home – to ensure this valuable asset is maintained and continues to grow as the need for services grows.


While the hospice benefit provided by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance policies covers most costs relating to basic hospice care, it does not cover additional expenses that help make a patient’s stay more comfortable and a loved one’s burden more bearable. Gifts help support:

  • Charity assistance to help cover care for those lacking financial resources
  • Services for family and loved ones, including homemade soup and cookies, space and amenities to shower on-site, laundry facilities, lamps in patient rooms that allow family members to read while their loved one rests, and birdfeeders for the hospice home grounds;
  • Future growth to ensure we are able to meet the ongoing needs of the communities we serve
  • Ongoing capital facility and equipment needs
  • Training for caregivers and community education and outreach around end-of-life care

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Hospice 5 Year Anniversary Event Photos

Make A Donation 

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.” ~St. Francis of Assisi

For information, to ask a question or support the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, please contact Lanna Scannell, Strategic Philanthropy Officer,
OSF HealthCare Foundation:
(309) 566-5662