A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house was held at the Linda E. White Hospice House. Located on the Deaconess Hospital campus at 611 Harriet Street, the $10 million facility will provide inpatient medical services for patients with a terminal illness who need pain management or symptom control.
Patient rooms in the stand-alone building were designed as suites. Each suite has comfortable patient areas including seating for visitors and a private patio with exterior doors made to accommodate taking the patient outside while still in his or her bed
. There is an adjoining family area with two beds and a private bathroom. The patient suites open up to a large garden area with water features and a labyrinth. The labyrinth will be installed in the spring.
The facility has 7 patient suites with shell space for an additional 7 patient suites for a total of 14.
Once the hospice house is open, the current inpatient hospice unit located on the 3rd floor of Deaconess Hospital will be closed. The John and Betty Charlier Hospice Center on Walnut Street in Evansville will continue operations as usual. (First patient is anticipated during the week of January 9, 2017.)
The Deaconess Foundation Board of Directors, Deaconess Health System Board of Directors, and Deaconess Hospital Board of Directors agreed to name the new hospice house in honor of Deaconess President and CEO, Linda E. White. “For the past 30 years, Linda has led the health system with grace and dignity,” said Jerry Benkert, Chairman, Deaconess Health System Board of Directors. “As a group, we couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor than Linda.”
Deaconess VNA is a leading provider of home care and hospice services in the region.