Our history

Our founders, Mac Nash and Helen Lagen

Mac Nash and Helen Lagen, founders of Mission Hospice

San Mateo County’s first hospice program

In the late 1970s, our visionary founders Helen Lagen and Marguerite “Mac” Nash saw the need for compassionate end-of-life care in San Mateo County. With the help of community members Dr. Pierre Salmon, Evelyn Grant, Edith Morris, and Helen Campbell, they incorporated Mission Hospice as a nonprofit organization – and the county’s first hospice program – in March 1979.

Their vision, dedication, and commitment to community created an ongoing tradition of compassionate care that continues to this day at Mission Hospice & Home Care.

A short timeline of our history shows how Helen and Mac’s legacy has grown over the years.