Beginning Monday, Mercy Home Health and Hospice will begin operations “back home” on the Mercy Hospital campus.
The offices have relocated from 422 W. Main and will occupy Suite 106 of the Mercy Clinic at 900 W. Myrtle.
“We are thrilled to bring our offices back to the Mercy campus,” said Becky Davied, director of Mercy Home Health and Hospice in both Independence and Fort Scott. “This move will allow our home health and hospice co-workers to better communicate and interact with their Mercy peers and also will offer the community better access to us. We’ll feel more like a team again!”
Davied explained that the West Main location offered limited parking, and accessing the building involved negotiating stairs. Being removed from the Mercy campus also made it less convenient for home health and hospice co-workers to attend important hospital meetings and education sessions.
Hours of operation and phone numbers for the service will remain the same, Davied said. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the phone number is 620-332-3215.
David Steinmann, president of Mercy Hospital Independence, said once the West Main building is entirely vacated and “spruced up,” it will likely be listed for sale. The building includes first floor and lower level office space, as well as a residential apartment on the top floor.
“It’s a great location that we hope will be attractive for a new business and spark a little economic development for our community,” Steinmann said.
Mercy Home Health serves an approximate 50-mile radius covering the counties of Montgomery, Wilson, Elk, Chautauqua and Labette. Services provided include in-home nursing care, therapy services, medication administration, and “telehealth” remote monitoring, among others. The department conducted 6,332 home visits in fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013).
The agency is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organization (JCAHO), and for five consecutive years, it has received the national “HomeCare Elite” award, ranking in the top 25 percent of home care services across the country in quality of care and operational performance.
In 2012, the department expanded services to include Mercy Hospice, offering comprehensive end-of-life care for terminally ill patients and respite and bereavement support for caregivers.