Since it first opened in 2008, the SOMC Inpatient Hospice Center has operated on the idea that expectations for end-of-life care should not be met – instead, they should be transcended.
That simple philosophy is what led us to build a stand-alone facility with a beautiful, home-like atmosphere and to staff it with a Magnet-recognized nursing staff, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, therapists and volunteers. It is what has allowed us to touch the lives of more than 5,000 patients – accounting for nearly 25,000 patient days – and to see those numbers increase every single year.
And it is that philosophy that inspires our $3 million capital campaign, Transcending Lives. Transcending Lives will see us update SOMC Hospice with four new patient rooms, another large common gathering area, a meditation room, new restroom facilities, an upgraded kitchen and support areas to assist staff in continuing to provide excellent care for our patients.
These additions are not luxuries; they’re necessities. They’re necessary because of our program’s rapid growth, which is accelerated by the fact that SOMC Palliative Care and House Calls Program has also grown. This program, which results in more than 50% referrals to SOMC Hospice, began with just four patients in 2013 and cares for 85 today. As a result, SOMC Hospice often operates at full-capacity and patients have to be admitted to the main campus until rooms become available. Patients that come for Respite Care also must wait for open rooms or go to a nursing home to receive care.
But more than that, these additions are necessary because they stay true to that original idea upon which SOMC Hospice was founded – that expectations will be transcended, not just met.
We’re proud to say we’ve already assembled a diverse and dedicated team to make that happen. Transcending Lives has the full support of SOMC’s Board of Directors, Development Foundation Board of Directors, executive team, administrative staff and hospice team, in addition to countless volunteers and supporters whose experiences with SOMC Hospice have led them to describe the caregivers as “Angels of Mercy.”
With your help, we can raise the money we need to begin building an addition to SOMC Hospice within the next year. Regardless of how much you give, you will be making a meaningful difference in the lives of the families and patients we serve.
With your help, we can make sure the expectations
of our patients will not only be met – they will be transcended.