Countryside Hospice
Support & Memory Center


Countryside Hospice Support & Memory Center, Inc is a 501c3 non-profit agency established in 1980, which serves the Pierre/Fort Pierre area by providing:

Funding for hospice and palliative care services  (Over $1.3 million to-date) 

     Support group for Breast Cancer Survivors  & Dementia Caregivers

   A "Bed & Breakfast" travel fund for local cancer patients     

     Professional and community education in the areas of cancer care, memory loss and communication skills 


comes from memorials, donations, fund-raising events and proceeds from the hospice thrift store.  All funding stays in our community to provide services at no charge.


the foundation of Countryside Hospice. Currently we have over 85 dedicated volunteers serving in every capacity of the organization; from working at the Thrift Store to serving on the 12-member Board of Directors.  To volunteer, please call 945-0827 and we will be happy to place you in one of the many areas of service.

If you know someone who needs to travel outside our community for cancer treatment and need financial assistance, we may be able to help. Funds are available to assist travel expenses for patients living within a 60-mile radius of Pierre. Patients may request assistance as often as needed. There is no income guideline. Call 945-0827 for more information.

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        A Brief History of Countryside Hospice Support & Memory Center

Countryside Hospice was conceived in 1980 at a time when hospice care was relatively new to America.
The concept was taken to the local community who liked the idea of providing support for terminally ill patients and their families.  So without any surveys, grants of outside funding, Countryside began providing hospice care in the home, working from St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre.


For 20 years Countryside Hospice served over 600 terminally ill patients and their families and established a solid foundation for hospice care in the local area before leaving St. Mary’s Healthcare System in 2003.  Hospice care is still provided to this day by Avera@Home, which is financially subsidized by Countryside.

Since 2003 Countryside has grown in scope of service to provide support groups for breast cancer survivors and dementia caregivers; dementia education for nursing home staff and families; and information and presentations on topics such as memory loss. We are funded by memorials, fund raisers, donations and proceeds from our Thrift Store.

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 Board Members

Countryside Hospice Inc. is governed by a 12 person board. Members can serve two 3-year terms and meet monthly to review all financial and program information. Board members also serve on committees for finance, nominations and special projects. The day to day operations are under the direction of the executive director who reports to the board.


Current Board Members
Barb Hillestad - President
Mike Colleran - Vice President
Carla Bachand
Becki Potrzeba
Mary Giddings
Mary Carter - Treasurer
Jennifer Gray
Pastor Dan Bader
Dr. Matthew Werpy
Kara Semmler
Marc Schmitz
Scott Isburg


Lizbeth Stokes MBA -Executive Director

Cindy Clair RN- Memory Center Coordinator
Elaine Konenche RN - Memory Center 
Cindy Meyer RN- Memory Center 
Melissa Shaffer RN- Memory Center
Stacy Shrake BA - Memory Center Social Worker
Denise Venner BA - Memory Center Social Worker
Laurie Allison - Office Manager 
Betsey DeLoache - Community Programs
Amanda Hodgin - Administrative Assistant

 Rose Vice - Manager, Thrift Store
 Marie Giddings - Manager, Thrift Store

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