When the end-of-life journey involves the hospital
St. Luke's Foundation raised $2.5 million from generous donors, and the new unit was completely funded by philanthropy. In addition, the Foundation continues to raise funds for a hospice endowment.
| St. Luke's President & CEO Ted
Townsend shakes hands with
Our community's first dedicated Hospice Inpatient Unit is at St. Luke's and opened in March 2013. The unit named for Ed &
Joan Hemphill was completely funded through generous contributions to
St. Luke's Health Care Foundation from community donors and St. Luke's
Virtually equivalent to embedding a hospice house within the walls of
St. Luke's, the Hospice Inpatient Unit is a homelike environment
intentionally designed to provide the best care for those who are
imminently dying. "Sometimes the best place for a patient to receive
care is in the hospital, because the patient requires more intervention
to be comfortable than can be provided at home," said James Bell, MD,
medical director, St. Luke's Hospice.
A welcoming, comfortable atmosphere for
patients and families.
Patient rooms are large and equipped
with sleeper sofas.
The hospice within the hospital
improves end-of-life care for patients who must remain in the hospital
for their last days. Patient rooms are oversized and equipped with
Family space within the unit includes a kitchen and
laundry. There are also meeting rooms and quiet spaces for families to
use. In addition to the peaceful, homelike environment,
patients and families using the Hospice Inpatient Unit benefit from a
specialized staff trained in hospice care.