Mercy Hospice - 3300 70th Street

3300 S. 70th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Fax: (479) 573-3867
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Our goal at Mercy Hospice is to provide every patient with the highest quality of life possible. At the heart of hospice is a dedicated interdisciplinary group. Together, we create a warm and compassionate atmosphere where patients can be among family and friends.

Mercy Hospice serves patients with any terminal illness, wherever they may live, including:

  • Homes and apartments
  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Independent care facilities

Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances.

Our service areas include Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin, Scott and Logan counties serving a 50-mile radius.

Our office hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily but to contact our 24-hour Hospice on-call care, call 479-573-3866.

When is Hospice Appropriate?

Terminal illness does not mean “giving up.” Hospice brings a new kind of hope – the hope for dignity and comfort. When a terminal illness has been diagnosed (life expectancy less than six months), and cure-oriented treatment is no longer being pursued, hospice is an option. Hospice is appropriate when quality of life is your priority.

Mercy Hospice is able to deliver care in the areas we serve. Through our family of dedicated health care professionals, paraprofessionals, support staff and volunteers, we provide expert and compassionate home care services.

Diagnoses commonly associated with hospice:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac disease
  • Liver or renal disease
  • Neurological disease
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Stroke

How Mercy Can Help

Hospice treats the person, not the disease. The importance of emotional support is recognized, along with pain and symptom management. Mercy Hospice works closely with you and your family to develop a plan of care suited to your needs.

Although we are only a phone call away, 24 hours a day, we help you maintain your independence. Mercy Hospice offers the followings services:

  • Assistance with prescription drugs and biologicals
  • Bereavement support
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • MercySecure
  • Nursing
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Personal care services
  • Respite care
  • Specialized therapies for consultation (occupational, physical and speech)
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Social services
  • Volunteer services

Cost and Insurance Coverage

Hospice is fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private health insurance plans. Most plans cover nursing, medications, supplies and equipment related to the hospice diagnosis. Mercy Hospice staff will assist patients and their families in identifying maximum benefits from their insurance resources. For those with no resources, hospice staff will help identify other options. 

Volunteer

As key members of the hospice team, Mercy Hospice Volunteers work in coordination with the hospice physician, RN, medical social worker, chaplains and aides. Hospice Volunteers provide patient companionship services and caregiver respite. These services can be provided at a patient’s home, nursing home, assisted living facility and the Mercy Hospice Inpatient Unit. The volunteers do this in the final months and weeks of life. The patient and family members choose how much and what types of things you may need a volunteer to do.

Some examples of typical volunteer duties are:

  • Listening to a patient’s concerns
  • Being a comforting and supportive presence
  • Engaging in the patient’s hobbies, such as, playing a board game or discussing current events
  • Running errands or doing light housekeeping for the patient and family
  • Providing time for the caregiver to take care of her/his self

Services Offered

Our Providers

Pamela S. Gaborni, MD, Mercy
Hospice and Palliative Care
Mercy Clinic
Catherine Jean Mercer, NP, Mercy
Hospice and Palliative Care
Mercy Clinic
Offers:
E-Visits
Stephen Bryan Nelson, MD, Mercy
Hospice and Palliative Care, Emergency Medicine
Mercy Clinic