Hospice is more about living than dying. It’s designed to make the most of each day.
And every day over the past five year, the Mercy hospice team has offered strength and support to over 475 patients and their families.
Mercy launched hospice services on July 2, 2012, so terminally-ill patients could experience the continuum of care they had grown to trust through other services at the hospital.
“With Mercy Hospice, we help our patients live each day fully and as comfortable as possible, whether it’s through expert care, a hug, holding a hand, or talking,” said Becky Davied, Mercy Home Health and Hospice director. “Our volunteers, chaplain, social worker, nurses, home health aides and physicians share a commitment to providing the utmost quality of life.”
Hospice care is appropriate when a patient has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and life expectancy is six months or less and cure-oriented treatment is no longer being pursued.
“We feel it is a privilege to journey with our patients and families at this most delicate phase of life,” shared LaShawn Noel, Mercy Hospice social worker. “And we celebrate the meaningful relationships we have built along the way.”
Hospice Chaplain Melissa George added, “Planning, education and strengthening relationships can help people deal with the fear of the unknown. In hospice, we champion quality of life, and encourage everyone to live every moment fully and completely.” The holistic approach of hospice care meets the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those we serve and their loved ones. I am privileged to minister with a dedicated and devoted team, comforting and praying with others during their most difficult times.”
More information on Mercy Hospice and volunteer opportunities is available by calling 620-223-8090.