Our History

High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care was founded in January 1986 by Ann and David Merkel (see photo right) and a dedicated group of concerned medical, clergy, and community volunteers, who saw the need for expanded services to the terminally ill throughout the Adirondack Mountains. For two and a half years volunteers alone provided supportive services to area residents from office space donated by the Trudeau Institute.

Early in 1988 our offices moved behind Adirondack Medical Center. August 29th of that same year our ability to provide comprehensive medical treatment along with supportive care was realized following certification by State and Federal agencies. That same year High Peaks Hospice received the prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Community Service Award by Governor Cuomo for outstanding volunteer service (over 6900 volunteer hours).

A vision and thirty years later, High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care has two clinical offices that cover a vast and challenging service area of 5400 square miles. We serve patients and families who are facing end-of-life in all of Essex and Warren counties, and parts of Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence and Washington counties. The organization employs over 50 employees and volunteers – who started it all and continue to be the heart and soul of the organization – number over 80.



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