Hospice of Marion County began in the early 1980s when parishioners learned of the death of one of their church members. The pain of his cancer was so intense it led him to take his own life. A handful of volunteers sought to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again. They imagined a model of compassionate hospice care for each patient at the end of life. In 1981, The Star Banner published an article written by Kathy Askren, wife of Rev. Robert Askren, calling for the need for hospice services in our community. A task force chaired by Marilyn Curran followed and soon their resolution to succeed resulted in Ocala Hospice, which received licensure from the State of Florida in 1983. The name was officially changed to Hospice of Marion County in 1989.
In the ensuing years, new companies have been formed to complete the continuum of care for our neighbors throughout the county, from Lake Weir to Lake Kerr, Citra to Dunnellon, and every place in between.
We're a Great Place to Work®! In 2004, 2005 and 2006, Hospice of Marion County, Inc., and Its Affiliated Companies has made the list as one of the best places to work in the U.S. Learn why it's great to be part of the hospice team. The companies are also rated by AARP as one of the nation’s Best Employers for workers 50+.
Hospice of Marion County Inc., and Its Affiliated Companies work together to provide exceptional quality and compassionate care. The three separate companies are:
Hospice of Marion County, Inc
SummerField Suites LLC assisted living center
Accent Medical equipment and supplies company
Our staff is a team of professionals committed to the delivery of the highest quality healthcare services to our community. Join our team and be a part of our service expansion, technological advances, and work in an environment that is conducive to personal and professional development. The work is fulfilling and rewarding, in a culture that values respect, excellence, diversity, collaboration and teamwork. – less