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May 3, 2006
St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning (May 2) to introduce the community to its new Inpatient Hospice Service in cooperation with Arkansas Hospice, Inc.
The Inpatient Hospice Service will occupy eight beds on the 5 East unit, with Martin A. Koehn, M.D., a board certified family practice physician, serving as medical director, Sandra Carlisle, RN, as unit manager and St. Joseph’s Palliative Care Coordinator Lana Lambert, RN, MNSc, as hospital liaison.
“It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce a relationship with Arkansas Hospice to provide a service that we have so desperately needed in this community for many years,” said St. Joseph’s President/CEO Randy Fale during his welcome message to the large number of dedication ceremony attendees. “As you know, an inpatient hospice service is something that has not existed in Hot Springs. It was time to do something about that, and thanks to the good fortune of having a relationship with Michael Aureli (President/CEO) of Arkansas Hospice, that dream is now a reality.”
After the welcome message from Fale, St. Joseph’s Vice President of Mission and Ethics Patrick McCruden said a dedication prayer and introduced Aureli for some remarks on the joint venture between St. Joseph’s and Arkansas Hospice, Inc. Dr. Koehn then gave a talk on how the community would benefit from the Inpatient Hospice Service unit and the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce “Red Coats” put the finishing touches on the program with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“We are thankful to St. Joseph’s for opening the door and allowing this service to grow here in Hot Springs,” Aureli said. “St. Joseph’s is a tremendous medical center that has the foresight of wanting to offer this care to its community. This Inpatient Hospice Service unit will be especially dedicated to helping patients who have difficult symptoms to manage, pain to control or needs that are beyond those that can be cared for at home.
“Arkansas Hospice had the honor of pioneering hospice facility services in Arkansas and we are grateful St. Joseph’s would open its doors to this service for the community.”
Care in the Inpatient Hospice Service Unit is very similar to hospital supervision, but in more of a home-like setting where visitors are welcome 24 hours a day and patients are encouraged to bring their favorite items – photos, music, quilts, etc. – so that they will feel more “at home.” Most of the time, hospice care is provided in the comfort of their homes, but sometimes patients are too sick to remain at home and need 24-hour care provided by dedicated experts who are trained in providing the very best in end-of-life care.
A reception and tours followed the dedication ceremony’s program and ribbon-cutting. For more information on the Inpatient Hospice Service unit, please call (888) 818-9992.
A member of the Sisters of Mercy Health System, St. Joseph’s is a not-for-profit Catholic hospital, two-time recipient of the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ and winner of both the overall Diamond Award and large-company Gold Award at the 2006 Governor’s Family-Friendly Employer Awards ceremony. For further information on the recognition from HealthGrades, Governor Mike Huckabee’s Family-Friendly Employer Initiative and services offered by St. Joseph’s, please visit saintjosephs.com.