Best of the Best

Voting is now open for the Waterloo Courier’s Best of the Best awards! Cedar Valley Hospice has been honored to serve your family, friends and neighbors in our communities for 45 years, and we are committed to providing the highest quality care. We hope you consider voting for us in the following categories: 


– Best Hospice Care (2023 WINNER)

– Best In-Home Care (2023 WINNER)

– Best Youth Program (Eucalyptus Tree Children’s Grief Program – 2023 WINNER)

– Best Large Company to Work For (2023 WINNER)

– Best Boss (Michaela Vandersee, CPA, Executive Director – 2023 WINNER)

– Best Customer Service – Medical

– Best Customer Service – Overall

Drone shot of the new Cedar Valley Hospice Waterloo Support Center.
Cedar Valley Hospice
Best Hospice, In-Home Care, Large Company to Work For, Customer Service - Medical,
Customer Service - Overall

Cedar Valley Hospice is the area’s original and premier hospice agency, serving families since 1979. This year, we’re celebrating our 45th anniversary, and are proud to offer exceptional support to individuals facing a life-limiting illness and their families throughout 15 counties in northeast Iowa. We offer a variety of services including hospice, palliative care, grief support for adults and children for the entire community and confidential case management through CASS for persons living with HIV.

Quincy Koala
Eucalyptus Tree Program
Best Youth Program

The Eucalyptus Tree Program provides no cost grief support to youth ages 3-17 – no Cedar Valley Hospice affiliation required. We understand that death is difficult to process for all ages, and this program provides individualized support for youth. Our team offers activities to promote trust, healing, and resilience in a place safe for youth to express their feelings. The Eucalyptus Tree Program also provides support sessions for the entire family, schools and wherever there’s a need. 

Michaela Vandersee
Michaela Vandersee
Best Boss

Michaela Vandersee, CPA, is the executive director for Cedar Valley Hospice. She’s worked within the organization for over 24 years, first as the director of finance for nearly 16 years and then as the executive director for the past 8. During that time, she has helped Cedar Valley Hospice earn the National Gallup Exceptional Workplace award 5 consecutive years and the Waterloo Courier’s Employer of Choice honor and Best of the Best award for multiple years. 

To learn more about how we can help you or your loved one, please call 319.272.2002 or 800.626.2360.

Have a Referral?

Anyone can refer a friend or family member to Cedar Valley Hospice. Simply complete and submit the form below to get started. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 800.626.2360.

Your support is
what inspires us

Enriching lives in the Cedar Valley is at the forefront of our mission. We are experts in providing hospice and palliative care, grief support and providing additional services for those with life changing diagnoses. As a not-for-profit organization, your gifts make our mission possible!

Become a Volunteer!

Our volunteers are the heart of our organization. From visiting patients to helping with events, they perform a number of different roles that are vital to helping us carry out our mission.

Healthcare Partner Resources

We offer multiple resources for physicians and healthcare clinicians dealing with serious diagnosis and end-of-life related topics as well as an easy online patient referral form. Connect with us today!