The Rose Garden Hospice Association was incorporated in 2008. Community members were invited to sit on the Board taking into account the skills and experience of each of the nominees as well as their passion for the project. Board members spent some time determining how hospice programs operate as well as acquiring basic knowledge about related financial and legal matters. Some Board members visited other hospices to determine how the best of these were established and how they continue to operate, to discuss business models and means of securing on-going funding, to look at floor plans and organizational plans.
Since then the Board of Directors has developed mission and vision statements, examined the demographics of the service area, established strategic goals and objectives, determined funding requirements, created a budget, got a commitment from community leaders who have experience raising substantial sums for other community ventures to co-chair the hospice fund-raising campaign, established an organizational structure and strategic leadership model, begun to delegate tasks engaged in community collaboration and begun to define operational policies and procedures.