UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital

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 Ed Hemphill    
 St. Luke's President & CEO Ted
Townsend shakes hands with
Ed Hemphill.

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 associates.

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 
 A welcoming, comfortable atmosphere for 

patients and families.


 Patient rooms are large and equipped with sleeper sofas
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 sleeper sofas. 

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.