After five years of planning, campaigning and fundraising The Gibson Family Center for Hospice Care officially received approval from the state. And folks with Hospice Of The Wabash Valley are excited about helping those in need.
Located on the 5th floor of Union Hospital West, the new facility has 8 impatient hospice care rooms.
The center also has a dining and kitchen area, children’s play area, a chapel and a laundry room so families never have to leave their loved ones.
Hospice Care is for anyone diagnosed with a terminal illness with less than 6 months to live.
The 2.1 million dollar center has been finished and staffed since November but had to wait on licensing before they could open.
“This facility is going to complement our hospice home care and we will be able to provide around the clock care to those patience’s who need hospice but it can not be managed at home,” Tracee Hines said. “Such as pain, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, agitation and they can come up here and receive that around the clock hospice care.”
“What I am hoping is when families leave this unit, they have good memories to take with them and they feel that their loved one was given the best care that they could have at the end of life,” Tracy Rippy said.
On Monday, April 30th, patients will be moved into the care facility.
The average stay for a patient in the center is estimated to be 5 to 7 days.
The Hospice Care Center is the only inpatient hospice facility within a 60 mile radius of Terre Haute.