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The Hosparus Inpatient Care Center (HICC) marked its 20th anniversary with celebrations for staff, volunteers and special guests on Sept. 22. The 25-bed unit was established in 1995 at The Norton Healthcare Pavilion to address pain control and other symptoms associated with terminal illnesses that cannot be managed in other settings.

“There are many times when patients experience symptoms that can’t be managed at home during their final days,” says Doug Hedges, HICC clinical director. “The center is the best place to manage these symptoms and provide emotional and spiritual support for the patient and their family members.”

Our HICC team includes volunteers, registered nurses, bereavement counselors, certified nursing assistants, chaplains, a medical director, social workers and support staff who provide compassionate end-of-life medical care.

The HICC underwent major renovations in 2012 to expand from 15 to 25 rooms, and create a warm, homelike environment for patients and families. Two family rooms were added for children to play and for families to have a space of their own. The effort was funded by generous gifts of $2 million from estates, corporations, organizations and individuals. Many gifts were given in memory of loved ones served by the center. As a result of the renovations, the HICC is pleased to have served 1,241 patients in 2014.

In addition to 24-hour medical care and symptom management, the HICC offers unique services, including music and pet therapy. A harpist plays at the center once a week. Each room has a CD player/radio available, with access to an extensive music library. Hosparus partners with Wonderful Animals Giving Support of Kentucky Inc. (WAGS), a volunteer-sponsored pet visit program that allows patients to interact with highly trained service animals.

“We have had the great honor to provide compassionate care for thousands of patients and families at the Hosparus Inpatient Care Center since it opened in 1995,” says President & CEO Phil Marshall. “With the generous support of our donors, we look forward to many more years of helping patients whose symptoms can’t be managed in any other setting.”