History of Gilchrist

Gilchrist History – In the Beginning

Gilchrist was founded as the nonprofit Hospice of Baltimore in 1994, and then joined forces with Hospice Services of Howard County three years later. In 1996, the organization opened its first inpatient hospice center, Gilchrist Center Towson. As a result of increased demand for acute inpatient hospice care, in 2009, the center was expanded from 24 to 34 beds. Then, in 2011, Gilchrist Center Howard County opened, our 10-bed inpatient hospice center in Columbia. More recently, in 2014, Gilchrist took over management of the only residential inpatient hospice center in Baltimore and renamed it Gilchrist Center Baltimore.

The organization was renamed Gilchrist Hospice Care in 2008, in honor of our founding benefactor, Jeanne “Jinny” Gilchrist Vance. In fact, her philanthropy and vision were instrumental to the creation and exponential growth of our extraordinary hospice. Renamed Gilchrist in 2017, we now extend our services to individuals with a chronic or serious illness who need extra care coordination and support but may not yet be ready or eligible for hospice.

Since its founding and still today, Gilchrist has relied on the contributions of many individuals, foundations and organizations throughout Maryland. This continued support helps cover the costs of care that are not funded or fully funded by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurers. Also, these contributions help cover the costs of care for individuals with no insurance or special programs like music therapy and child life support.

Today and Always

  • Gilchrist is the largest hospice provider in Maryland. In fact, Gilchrist cares for more than 840 terminally ill individuals every day.
  • We are committed to meeting the needs of each and every individual, wherever they reside—at home, in a residential community care center (assisted living facilities, group homes or retirement communities)—or at one of our three Gilchrist centers.
  • Gilchrist provides individuals, their caregivers and family members with specialized care and guidance too. We help them address the complex physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs that often accompany a life-limiting illness.
  • We care for all individuals in need of hospice care, regardless of ability to pay.

Gilchrist is:

  • Certified by Medicare
  • Fully licensed by the State of Maryland
  • Accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner)
  • An affiliate of Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC)

And a Member of the Following Organizations:

  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
  • Hospice Alliance of the National Capital Area
  • Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland
  • Global Partners in Care
  • Alliance Kids