Hendrick Hospice Care Center invites community to Open House, Dec. 9
The idea of an inpatient care facility dedicated to hospice patients began long before the announcement in 2014. Many saw the value for a freestanding center to meet the needs of area residents choosing hospice. Two years later, the dream has become a reality, and the new state-of-the art center will open its doors to the public for an Open House and tours, Friday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“This facility has been a dream for many years and is really a tribute to the individuals in our community who helped to make it happen,” said Brian Bessent, vice president for Hendrick Health System. “This will be such a great asset to our community as we continue to care for individuals at all points along their healthcare journey. We look forward to serving this area of the state for many years to come.”
Hendrick Hospice Care has been providing short-term inpatient services for pain and symptom management in an acute setting for more than 30 years.
“We are beyond excited at what this facility will allow us to provide for our patients, families and community at-large,” said Dr. Lauren Templeton, medical director of Hendrick Hospice Care. “We are truly blessed to have a facility, the only one of its kind in the region that allows me to spend time with patients and families in such a loving, caring and compassionate environment.”
Each of the 16 rooms is furnished in a home-style setting and spacious enough for families to comfortably stay with their loved ones. Large windows throughout the center overlook extensive landscaping, fountains and a walking path.
In addition to the expanded inpatient hospice services, the center will provide gathering spaces for community support and education, family meeting places and quiet reflection areas. The facility also includes a bereavement center, chapel, home care offices, space for volunteer training and common areas for families and visitors.
“Every corner and space in the facility was looked at from a patient and patient’s family perspective,” said Karen Tucek, director for Hendrick Hospice Care. “Soon, we will have our first patient and we hope that every area of the center will meet our patients’ and families’ needs. Having the opportunity to serve one another and make a difference in those facing end-of-life care, is what people caring for people is all about.”
Hospice administration, outreach and home care services moved into the building earlier this month. The center will begin admitting patients in late December.
The single story, 40,800 square-foot complex is located two blocks from Hendrick Medical Center’s main campus at 1651 Pine St.
“The Abilene and surrounding communities were the heart and soul of making this center a reality, and I truly thank everyone for their generosity and support,” said Tucek.