Auxiliary group provides $35K for new hospice


The Methodist Hospitals Auxiliary recently presented a check for $35,000 to Methodist Affiliated Services Hospice and Palliative Services. The check is the first installment of a $50,000 pledge for a room to be named for the Auxiliary in the new Methodist residential hospice. 

The $9 million facility will be a 30-bed free-standing hospice residence. It will open in early 2010.

“We are very excited that the Health Services and Development Agency recognizes the importance of providing specialized care dedicated to patients who are facing the end-of-life and approved our request to build a hospice residence,” said Mitch Graves, president, Affiliated Services, a division of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

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. The residence will also contain office space to accommodate interdisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses, home health aides, chaplains, social workers, volunteers and support staff. The hospice residence will serve as a community asset, offering educational rooms, a library and a bereavement center open to all adults and children throughout the region.

Methodist Hospice will use a combination of funds from Methodist Healthcare and private donations to build the residence.