Ardent Hospice & Palliative Care: Boutique-Style Hospice Care

04 ArdentArdent Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., was started in 2013, by Susan Compton, a registered nurse with more than 20 years experience in caring for the elderly. Ardent Hospice is a community based hospice located in the Carmel Mountain/Rancho Bernardo area of San Diego, with service covering San Diego County.

The agency is State licensed and Medicare certified hospice, and also received its health care accreditation from the Community Health Accreditation Partners (CHAP).

Having a special focus on maintaining itself as a small boutique-style hospice, Ardent boasts its intentional size, to magnify the importance of ensuring patients and families receive prompt attention to any care needs – regardless of time and distance.

“Given the increased number of hospices in San Diego County, over the past few years, Ardent Hospice sees itself as a viable agency having great potential to impact the community in which it serves; not just by the provision of patient and family care, but through community education events that have end-of-life planning and hospice education as its focus. Far too often, families facing a terminal illness are ill-prepared to deal with and to navigate the myriad health-care decisions that go along with planning for end-of-life. Our team’s goal is to make contributions toward changing this norm,” says Susan Compton.

The Ardent team includes one medical director, an associate medical director, two RN case managers, two certified home health aides, two LVNs, a social worker, chaplain, and two community education liaisons. We also have two volunteers that complement the team, who provide administrative and patient care support.

To learn more about the hospice services offered at Ardent, or educational and volunteer opportunities, contact our office at (858) 952-1786 or visit