Managers of a local hospital are looking to add a hospice facility. Sheridan Media's Leslie Stratmoen has the report.
The managers of Sheridan Memorial Hospital have decided to put money toward an investigation of building a hospice facility. During the regular board meeting Wednesday, the hospital’s trustees approved an outlay of $22,000 for a conceptual design and master plan.
Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty said the need continues to move to the forefront of what the community wants, based on recent public meetings. Also during a recent board meeting, hospital foundation Director Ada Kirven reported that the foundation had received several memorial gifts, specifically for hospice care.
McCafferty went on to say the staff was already exploring possibilities by visiting other communities that have hospice homes. Ann Aksamit is the hospital’s hospice/home care manager. She said many of the hospice homes were on hospital sites, but others were not.
Board member Gary Miller asked about the current demand. The home care manager responded by saying the increase in referrals and patients will double this year. Already, she said, they’ve had 80 referrals and admitted 51 into the hospice/home care department, but that meant 30 could not be brought in to the program.
Another board member asked how big a hospice home might be. McCafferty said they were probably looking at a 6-8 room facility, if the building was free standing. Aksamit said most also have extra rooms for family members and living areas that can be used by visiting family members. McCafferty said, if they’re done well, hospice homes can be a godsend for an entire community.