Catawba Regional Hospice hosted a celebration on October 18, 2012, to mark the first-year anniversary of its Sherrills Ford Hospice House. The 15,100-square-foot facility features six beds and serves as the closest in-patient hospice facility for residents of the Sherrills Ford, Mooresville/South Iredell, and Denver/East Lincoln County communities.
During its initial year of operation, Sherrills Ford Hospice House served 123 patients and offered 1756 days of patient care. This degree of service not only confirms the benefits of a hospice presence in the area but also pays tribute to the community’s involvement in the facility. Plus, it provides a much-needed opportunity for local families to be closer to their loved ones.
To meet patient needs, Sherrills Ford Hospice House employs a staff of 16 and is supported by a clinical team of 14. A designated admissions nurse, two outreach team members, a volunteer coordinator, and a clinical manager also serve patients and families in the region, along with a robust corps of community volunteers.
Addressing the 85 attendees, David B. Clarke, President/CEO, said, “We are pleased to have been able to expand services for end-of-life care in the Lake Norman area. We’ve experienced vigorous growth during the past year, and our occupancy rate has greatly exceeded our initial expectations. We look forward to being a familiar, welcome presence for local families in the years to come.”
The Sherrills Ford Hospice House is the most recent addition to Catawba Regional Hospice’s slate of health care services and facilities, which includes specialized programs for cardiac care and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), along with centers dedicated to leadership and learning as well as to grief and healing.