Mercy residence hospice won't take new patients

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Gazette staff
August 14, 2008
— While Mercy Health System plans to eventually eliminate its hospice residence program, it will continue to serve the two patients who are now in the program.

In an effort to be proactive in the face of a struggling economy and the impending arrival of a competing hospital and clinic, Mercy also is cutting its Mercy in Motion transportation program and its adult day care program.

Barb Bortner, Mercy’s vice president of marketing and public relations, said Mercy will continue to serve the two patients in the hospice residence program but will not take any new patients.

Mercy, however, will continue to offer home hospice services to new patients, which Bortner said is the preferred form of hospice care.

The residence program, which is located in the Mercy Assisted Care building on Mineral Point Avenue, offers care in the final stage of life. It is a seven-bed unit that has an average census of two patients, Bortner said.

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