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We are Hope Hospice

Our Mission

Hope Hospice provides exemplary care, comfort and education to all affected by life-limiting illness, grief and loss.

Our Vision

Hope Hospice will be the sought-after hospice for providing compassionate, personalized end of life care that promotes caregiver confidence, excellence in symptom management, and a guided passage through the grief & loss process.


As a non-profit hospice organization, Hope Hospice aligns itself on every level with these mission-driven values:

  • People Centered Care: Our patients, staff, volunteers and community are our priority.
  • Stewardship of Valuable Patient and Community Resources: We understand our obligation to the community and the care of their residents
  • Expert Staff Committed to Excellence: We will provide the best care by providing a knowledgeable care team.
  • Responsive to the Needs of Those We Serve: We are here for you during your time of need.
  • Integrity in All We Say and DO: We are honest and forthcoming in all our actions.

Our History

social-workAt the August 1983 Community Service Center Board meeting, Lutheran pastor Rev. Ron Walters suggested New Braunfels should have a hospice like the one that served his congregation in another state. The board agreed and an invitation was placed in the paper for anyone who was interested in starting a hospice to come to a meeting at the Senior Citizens Center on August 9, 1983. From that meeting, a steering committee was formed. Hope’s first chairperson and first president of the board of directors was Bobbi Carmichael. Bobbi’s mother had received hospice care in another state. After her mother died and Bobbi returned home to New Braunfels, she left a message at McKenna Hospital to be notified if and when a hospice was ever started. That initial phone call was the first of many things Bobbi did for Hope, including writing the Articles of Incorporation, the first bylaws and making the application to Medicare. Opal-Umpierre

After the steering committee requested a nurse to serve on the committee, a nursing supervisor at McKenna Hospital asked Opal Umpierre, RN if she was interested. Because of her previous nursing experience with terminally ill patients, she was honored to be asked to serve. Opal joined this small group of visionary people who were persistent in their dreams for making this hospice a reality. Money was hard to come by. They cried when they received their first check from Christian Women United for $50.00! It was a fortune for the grassroots hospice! Bobbi went to the City Council at a Revenue Sharing Meeting and they gave her $5,000. It was a beginning. Hope was donated one half of an office space, one small folding table, two chairs, a phone and a file cabinet. A wonderful volunteer by the name of Barbara Manthey answered the phones even though at the time she was beginning to lose her sight.

Our first patient was admitted on July 3, 1984. That year we served 8 people. Just over thirty years later, in 2015, Hope served over 600 patients and familes. Demand for Hope’s unique approach to end of life care and passionate commitment to our community has continued to grow each year.

Board of Directors

Hope Hospice is governed by a board of community leaders who generously donate their time and talents to the mission of Hope Hospice.

  • Arlon Hermes
  • Jennifer Malatek
    Vice President
  • Mary Owens, RN
  • Wayne Vrba
  • Jay Brewer
    Past President
  • Susan Granzin
  • Rev. Barbara Aziz
  • Joyce Fox, RN, MS, BSN
  • Mike Doherty, DVM
  • Bobbi Carmichael
  • Hector Tamayo
  • Dick Paul
  • Dick Hillyer
  • John Dierksen
  • Dana Hall
  • Christopher A. Perro, MD

For more information about Hope Hospice, contact us: (830) 625-7525, or toll free (800) 499-7501.