Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Murray-Calloway County Hospital Breaks Ground on Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House

06-12-14-MCCH-breaks-groundOfficiates throw a ceremonial first shovel of dirt at the groundbreaking of the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House.

MURRAY, Ky. (6/12/14) — Hospice staff and volunteers from Murray-Calloway County Hospital were joined by nearly 200 supporters to formally break ground on the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House.

Once complete, the Hospice House 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.

“Seven years ago the Board of Trustees first entertained the idea of a Hospice House. We knew from the start that this was not going to be a service line that would generate a strong profit … Rather, we felt this was something that would meet a community need for the entire area,” said Steve Owens, Board Chairman, in his opening remarks to the attendees.

Recent heavy rainfall forced the event to be moved inside Westside Baptist Church, located just down the road from the proposed site.

“Despite the wet ground outside, I can tell you that the collective Calloway county and Murray city spirits are not dampened inside this building,” said Jerry Penner, MCCH CEO. “Although today is but a snapshot in time, this is a remarkable moment. It denotes our promise to continue to move this project forward … Upon my arrival in 2011, our Board of Trustees gave me a charge and that was to get this project done and I don’t plan on resting until we deliver on that promise.”

The Hospice House is an extension of the existing Hospice program at MCCH, which has been in existence since 1981. In 1979, Nadine Turner, Director of Nursing, first approached hospital administration about starting a Hospice program. Soon, Dr. Ruth Cole was hired to establish the program and began hosting training sessions.

Since then, the program has grown and expanded to what it is today. The current staff represents 70 years of combined experience and served 154 patients and their families in the last year.

“Today is truly a very special day, not only for the hospice patients and their families but for the community as a whole and the hospital,” said Sherri Boyd, MCCH Hospice Coordinator. “This Hospice House means that we will be able to care for people who are on that very difficult journey at the end of their lives in a home-like place. We will be able to care for their families and we will be able to comfort and care for the patients that up to this point have had to die in the hospital or go to a nursing facility. The fact that this community has given so very much to make this a reality is a huge responsibility and the Hospice staff takes that very seriously. We will do our very best to honor the patients and their families that are cared for here.”

06-12-14-MCCH-breaks-groundBefore the groundbreaking are (lr) Bill Wells, Murray Mayor, Steve Owens, MCCH Board Chairman, Sherri Boyd, Hospice Coordinator, Keith Travis, Vice President of Development, Jerry Penner, MCCH CEO, Larry Elkins, Calloway County Judge Executive, Paula Compton, Hospice Donor and Dr. Stephen Compton, Hospice Donor

The $3.5 million needed for the Hospice House was solely provided by donations, collected through the Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare. A six-year fundraising effort was spearheaded by the Endowment and included a mix of grants, private donations, fundraisers and events such as the annual Murray Half Marathon.

This is the first major project at MCCH, a public, not-for-profit city and county-owned hospital, 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.

“Today we stand on the brink of the largest philanthropic project ever undertaken by the hospital,” said Keith Travis, Vice President of Development. “It is what makes our mission unique and distinctive today in the world of for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals. We have waited for, worked for and prayed for this day.”

After the remarks concluded, attendees gathered outside for the ceremonial groundbreaking. Special commemorative tiles were handed out, crafted by members of the Stroke/Head Injury Support Group.

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.

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. 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.

For more information or to donate to support the operation of the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House, call (270) 762-1908.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Kyser Lough

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Hopkins County Sheriff's Arrest Reports

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (7/30/14) — The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office released the following reports Wednesday, July 30.… Read More

MPD Officers Arrest Man for Having Stolen Car

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/30/14) — Madisonville Police received reports that a vehicle had been stolen Tuesday, July 29.… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 28, 2014 3336

Madisonville Woman Arrested for Being a…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 30, 2014 2981

UPDATE: Waide Responds to Allegations of…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 28, 2014 2926

Madisonville Man Arrested for Endangering…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 30, 2014 2806

Three Arrested in Muhlenberg as Part of…

in Top Stories by GPD Officer Wes Miller
July 28, 2014 2466

Disagreement Over Killing Snake in House…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 28, 2014 3336

Madisonville Woman Arrested for Being a…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 28, 2014 2926

Madisonville Man Arrested for Endangering…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 28, 2014 2466

Disagreement Over Killing Snake in House…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 28, 2014 1690

Two Injured in Vehicle Collision on…

in Top Stories by William Roundtree
July 28, 2014 1685

Madisonville Man Arrested for Assault,…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 28, 2014 1112

Zuberer Takes Over at Quarterback for…

in News by Steve LeMaster
July 28, 2014 982

Dont Miss Out on a Howl of a Good Time

in News by Brittni Bunn
July 28, 2014 850

Instant Admissions Day is Aug. 1, 2014

in News by Bernie Hale
July 29, 2014 678

Happenings and Meetings - Daviess County

in News by Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau
July 28, 2014 432

Prosecutors Mull Over Whether to Charge…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 30, 2014 2806

Three Arrested in Muhlenberg as Part of…

in Top Stories by GPD Officer Wes Miller
July 30, 2014 2028

UPDATE: Muhlenberg Man, Woman Arrested in…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 28, 2014 1365

Foot Pursuit Ends with Arrest

in Top Stories by Christopher Rogers
July 28, 2014 1277

Boys of Broad to Launch Video at Cinema 4

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
July 29, 2014 1265

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03