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Tomorrow the Health Services and Development Agency for the State of Tennessee will vote on whether to allow Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare to get an extension on its existing Certificate of Need (CON) to build a residential hospice.
Methodist was granted a CON in 2007 that gave the health system one year to begin work on the project. The extension will allow Methodist to build a LEED-certified facility, which would make it environmentally friendly, and to allow for the economic impact on construction costs.
Methodist will break ground in November 2009 for what will be a 30-bed facility on six acres on Quince Road between Messick and Kirby.
“The Methodist Hospice Residence will make it possible for us to provide a place where patients can embrace life to the fullest and have the dignity they deserve during their final stage of life,” said Mitch Graves, president, Affiliated Services, a division of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.
The Methodist Hospice Residence will provide acute care for those who require symptom and pain management as well as short-term residential beds for those who cannot be cared for in their homes. The residence will also contain office space to accommodate interdisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses, home health aides, chaplains, social workers, volunteers and support staff.
“When it can’t be about the curing, it must still be about the caring,” said Graves. “The Methodist Hospice Residence will be a special place for embracing the miracle of life.”
The hospice residence will serve as a community asset, offering educational rooms, a library and a bereavement center open to all adults and children throughout the region.
Since 1979, Methodist Hospice has provided compassionate care and support to individuals and their families who are facing life’s final journey. As one of the first hospices in the country to receive Medicare certification, Methodist Hospice works to help ease the end-of-life transition for over 225 families in the Mid-South every day.
Methodist Hospice will use a combination of funds from Methodist Healthcare and private donations to build the residence.