Better Business Bureau Report for
Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 2016

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care Inc.
Address: 833 West Chicago Avenue
Suite 300
  Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: 312-733-8900
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Horizon Hospice Inc.

Year, State Incorporated: 1978, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care, Chicago’s first hospice, is a not-for-profit, community-based organization whose mission is to provide comfort for the dying, to preserve dignity at the end of life for all in need of services, and to educate the community.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care, Chicago's first hospice, is a not-for-profit, community-based organization whose mission is to provide comfort for the dying, to preserve dignity at the end of life for all in need of services, and to educate the community. Horizon is licensed to provide care in Cook, Lake, DuPage and Will counties. Each day, Horizon cares for about 350 adult and pediatric hospice and palliative care patients, who, for the most part, reside in the city of Chicago. Horizon maintains a central administrative office in Chicago, a branch office in Olympia Fields serving the southern suburbs and the Ada F. Addington Inpatient Hospice Unit at Rush University Medical Center. Horizon serves one of the most diverse hospice patient bases in the U.S., providing care in all of Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods. Horizon is a recognized leader in hospice and palliative care training for healthcare professionals in the Chicago area. Horizon supports two of only six local fellowships in palliative medicine, offering joint fellowships with the University of Chicago and with Rush University/Stroger Hospital. Horizon also trains medical students, residents, fellows, nurses, and social work and bereavement students. Horizon is also the only hospice in the state to employ a nurse practitioner as the coordinator for its pediatric program. Horizon offers special programs, including BraveHeart, a special bereavement program geared toward the unique grieving issues of children. Horizon also offers its patients extensive complementary and alternative therapies including art, music, massage, acupuncture and aromatherapy.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care Inc.'s program expenses were:

Compensation 6,062,281
Patient Care Expenses 4,494,925
Payroll Taxes and Employee Benefits 1,373,106
Facilities and Office Expenses 910,156
Depreciation 163,653
Miscellaneous 25,698
Grants Expense 25,012
Non-Patient Consulting and Contract Services 24,009
Professional Development 13,471
Printing and Postage 11,577
Benefit Expense
Total Program Expenses: $13,103,888
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Chief Executive : Mary G. Runge, BSN, MBA , President

Chair of the Board: William W. Wachs
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Managing Director, Consulting Services - Valence Health

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 140

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 32% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $698,442, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Patient Care Billings 12,787,074
Net Assets Released from Restrictions 322,124
Support: Special Events 243,699
Support: Individuals 235,286
Support: Foundations, Trusts and Corporations 171,972
Net Realized and Unrealized Gains 85,588
Support: Patient Memorials 47,485
Dividend and Interest Income 32,856
Interest Expense -17,522
Indigent Care and Allowances -636,393
Total Income $13,272,169


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 88%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 11% 

Total income $13,272,169
Program expenses $13,103,888
Fund raising expenses 222,576
Administrative expenses 1,594,863
Total expenses $14,921,327
Expenses in Excess of Income (1,649,158)
Beginning net assets 4,444,681
Ending net assets 2,543,399
Total liabilities 4,359,200
Total assets $6,902,599

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