Hope Care Center was created following the work of a task force of volunteers formed in 1993 to investigate opening a skilled nursing facility that could adequately provide for the unique needs of patients with HIV/AIDS. The idea for such a skilled nursing facility for people with HIV/AIDS was born out of the frustration of local health care workers who found it difficult to place their HIV/AIDS patients in nursing homes because of prejudice, fear or the lack of trained personnel.
The task force conducted two years of research, including a study of numerous other facilities across the country. It became clear that a gap existed in our country's health care system of skilled nursing facilities for the adequate treatment of persons with HIV/AIDS, especially for the poor.
Over a period of three years task force volunteers raised almost $700,000 from many generous supporters who also believed in the vision of a facility to serve persons with HIV/AIDS in the greater Kansas City area. This remarkable fundraising effort provided enough money to buy the land, facility, and renovations to the building to permit the opening of our sixteen-bed facility in August of 1996.
Support for our vision also came from our state government. The State of Missouri also recognized the need for Hope Care Center by passing a law waiving an existing moratorium for additional nursing homes within the state and granting our Certificate of Need.
Hope Care Center is the first and only skilled nursing facility for persons with HIV/AIDS in Missouri
or Kansas. As we begin our eleventh year of operation, we are gratified by the tremendous support we
receive from our many friends in the greater Kansas City community and the City of Kansas City, and
the State of Missouri.