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Thanks to the support of many, the Methodist Hospice Residence is ready to break ground and is expected to open in July 2011.
Sally Aldrich, administrator and chief nursing officer for Methodist’s affiliated services division, which oversees the hospital’s hospice, home care and palliative care departments, said Methodist now has “the pledges in the door” and will begin construction this month.
It’s a place like home for those with a short time to live and a place for families and friends to share in the last days of a loved one’s life. Thanks to the facility’s special design, patients will be able to enjoy fresh air and sunshine, outside in the winding garden areas or from the view of their room. The facility also includes a chapel, areas where families can gather and a kitchen where families can cook meals.
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. Funding for the project came from many, including physicians, private donors, the Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc. and several families that have been touched by hospice.
Methodist is committed to building a LEED-certified building as a part of the hospital’s pledge to the community to be good stewards of resources.
There are still many ways to be a part of this special home. See how you can honor a loved one with a gift to Hospice.