ANNA MAE OWEN RESIDENTIAL HOSPICE HOUSE OFFICIALLY OPEN
Murray-Calloway County Hospital held the grand opening of its Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House on Tuesday, November 29. Jerry Penner, CEO and Sherri Boyd, Director of Hospice along with others spoke at the ceremony, and tours of the state-of-the-art facility took place after the ribbon-cutting. Over 300 people attended the ceremony.
In June 2014, Murray-Calloway County Hospital broke ground for the hospice house. The Hospice House is 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.
The Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House has been 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.
The Hospice House is an extension of the existing Hospice program at MCCH, which has been in existence since 1981. In 1979, Dr. Ruth Cole, first approached hospital administration about starting a Hospice program. Soon, Nadine Turner, Director of Nursing 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.
“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,” said Sherri Boyd, MCCH Hospice Coordinator.
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.
For more information or to donate to support the operation of the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House, call (270) 762-1908.