Expanding the Circle

Northwest Arkansas depends on us.

Circle of Life is expanding and needs a new building to serve as our hub for in-home hospice care coordination. Our current facility can no longer accommodate our growing staff and the medical equipment required for our increasing number of patients. We have acquired nine acres of land in Lowell to create a central location for our in-home hospice care team.

This new facility will provide dedicated workspaces, meeting rooms, training areas, and a warehouse for medical equipment. It will enable our compassionate team of physicians, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers to deliver in-home care more efficiently.

With your support, we can continue to provide exceptional hospice care.

To support our vision, we launched a $12.5 million campaign. The campaign focuses on two goals: constructing a new center for in-home care and expanding our charity care endowment. We appreciate your support in making this vision a reality as we continue to provide exceptional care in Northwest Arkansas.

Together, we are building a sustainable future for Circle of Life. Thank you for helping us grow and serve our community for years to come.

Meeting the Need

Northwest Arkansas has experienced rapid population growth in the past several years, necessitating this expansion. Census estimates show the region is experiencing a net gain of 36 new people daily. Last year, our population was 570,100, and projections predict we will reach 1 million by 2050. As our region grows, so does the need for end-of-life care.

Our average growth rate over the past ten years has been 9.6% annually. In 2013, our average daily census was 147, climbing to 327 in March 2023. Projecting the same annual growth of 9.6%, we will reach a patient census of 1,291 in fifteen years.

Purpose

The new Joey Feek Center for In-Home Care will be the hub for our in-home care coordination. It will be the home base for our in-home care team, including physicians, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers.

ESTIMATED TIMELINE

Site mobilization and groundbreaking were in October 2023. Construction will last approximately 14 months, with completion and occupancy projected for the end of 2024.

Progress & Updates

The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation has made a generous donation of $5 million to the new Circle of Life In-Home Care Center to be located at the corner of Goad Springs Road and Metro Place in Lowell. This gift not only marks a significant milestone for our organization but also kickstarted our Expanding the Circle campaign.

In honor of this incredible gift, the building will be named the Joey Feek Center for In-Home Care. This heartfelt tribute honors the legacy of country music artist Joey Feek, who fought bravely against cancer until her passing in 2016. Joey and her husband, Rory, chose hospice care, which allowed them to spend Joey’s last days at home surrounded by their family and friends. This expansion will ensure that everyone in our community has the same comfort and care that they experienced with in-home hospice care.

The Joey Feek Center for In-Home Care will be a 28,000-square-foot building with warehouse space facing the Razorback Greenway. This new center is part of a larger campaign to expand the circle and provide families with the support they need to care for their loved ones at home.

Our Mission

Circle of Life is committed to compassionate end-of-life care for a person’s body, mind, spirit, and family when there is no longer a cure. As a premier provider and educator for hospice and bereavement services, our goal is to uphold our values of compassion, inclusion, respect, comfort, leadership, and excellence.

About Circle of Life

Circle of Life is the largest non-profit hospice provider in Northwest Arkansas, serving Benton, Carroll, Madison, and Washington counties. We provide hospice care to patients in their homes, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and our hospice homes in Bentonville and Springdale. Helping people live their lives in dignity and comfort in their homes is our core service. 93% of our patients choose to receive hospice care in the place they call home.

Circle of Life also provides bereavement support to the Northwest Arkansas community at no charge. Our bereavement team provides debriefings for organizations that have experienced the death of a coworker and education to local school counselors. We operate two grief centers located in each hospice home.

Last year, we served approximately 2,000 patients and their families. In addition, we provided over $440,000 in charity care to patients in our community. We have never turned a patient away from our services due to their lack of insurance or financial resources.