After six years of fundraising and planning, the house is now ready to be constructed on land donated by the late Kenneth Owen. It will be an acute care, inpatient facility that is specifically designed to address the requirements and requests of patients facing end-of-life scenarios. Healthcare professionals will provide pain management, symptom control and medical procedures in a safe, home-like setting where families and friends are encouraged to visit.
Donations for the project were solicited and secured by the Murray-Calloway Endowment for Healthcare, led by Keith Travis, Vice President of Development. Travis said this is the first major project at MCCH to ever be funded completely through philanthropic donations. An anonymous donor kicked things off with a hefty $1.5 million pledge, and the rest came in many forms from more than 7,000 donors.
The hospice program at MCCH has served residents of Calloway County since 1980 and accepted the first patient on Jan. 15, 1981. Hospice staff employs 4 full time and 2 part time nurses, 1 full time and 1 part time aide, and 1 full time social worker, dietitians, a chaplain and therapists. However, it is also supported by numerous community volunteers who give their time to visit with patients and their families.
The philosophy surrounding hospice care is to focus on the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and families as they face the challenges of end-of-life issues. Currently, MCCH healthcare professionals and trained volunteers deliver a vast majority of this care in the patient’s home, whether that is a private residence, an assisted living facility or a nursing home.The future Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House will be built to include private rooms with private baths, a memory garden, private patios for each patient room, kitchen, family room, laundry facilities and a family conference room.
Information provided by Kyser Lough
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