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Hosparus is pleased to announce that we are pursuing options with Norton Hospital for an upcoming expansion of our inpatient care center. The Hosparus Inpatient Care Center (HICC) offers acute pain and medication management for patients often in the last week of life.

The center, located on the sixth floor of Norton’s Healthcare Pavilion, with its wood floors and warm paint colors, welcomes families who spend final days there with their loved ones.

Beginning in 2012, Hosparus remod-eled the HICC, expanding from 15 to 25 beds. In 2016, we are hoping to begin the next phase of renovation in the third and final wing, adding new patient rooms and family space as well as completing new staff office space and expanded palliative care capability.

This new space will allow us to better serve even more critically ill patients – and sooner. Also in 2015, we started a multi-year process of adding reclining chairs to patient rooms, allowing family members to spend the night at their loved ones’ bedsides in relative comfort. We expect the total project will cost in the range of $1.5 million dollars.

Plans for the new wing include three additional patient rooms, increasing revenue and making the project sustainable. This will also increase the possibility of treating pediatric patients and potentially even palliative (rather than hospice) patients in the unit.

New family areas will allow families space to relax and regroup. Medical staff members are enthusiastic about an added medical exam room, alleviating the need to take patients elsewhere in the building for procedures. Social workers, chaplains and students will also have dedicated space in which to escape from the pressure, have private conversations with each other and with family members, and relax and quietly recharge.

A new classroom will provide much-needed meeting space, allowing us to train new nurses and medical professionals in the art of hospice care. Hospice education often is missing from medical curriculum, and we will seek to fill that gap. Finally, we hope to add a larger chapel, which can be used for private meditation or services, but will also be convertible for family meetings and other purposes.

The HICC has cared for thousands of patients in its 20-year history. We expect the need for compassionate end-of-life care to continue to grow.

If you would like to play a role, gifts of all amounts are appreciated, and naming opportunities are available. You might also want to purchase a leaf for our memorial tree, starting at $200. Or perhaps you have time for volunteering, offering a special skill, or just a heart for those who are dying. To find out about opportunities, please call VP of Development, Bob Mueller, at 502-719-8921.

With your help, the expanded HICC will better allow Hosparus doctors, nurses, CNAs, social workers, chaplains, counselors, and volunteers to better live out our mission of improving the quality of life for all of our patients and their families.

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