INDIANAPOLIS – End-of-life care is an emotional and deeply personal odyssey for patients and their families, who often find themselves strapped to find the desired resources needed to comfortably complete life’s journey. They will soon have a new place to turn to for the support they need.
A long-awaited milestone was reached at the 46TH annual Chrysanthemum Ball (Sept. 28) hosted by Franciscan St. Francis Health, when it announced a significant funding goal had been achieved so that it might move forward with its Hospice House project.
“For the last two years we have aggressively ramped up our campaign to build a free-standing hospice facility, complementing the exceptional home hospice and palliative care services that we have provided for more than two decades to 4,000 families in south-central Indiana,” said Robert J. Brody, president and chief executive officer for Franciscan St. Francis. “Tonight, I am pleased to share with you that thanks to the matching dollars from Franciscan Alliance we now have sufficient funds to break ground on Hospice House in spring 2014.”
Brody also praised hospital employees and physicians for their contributions, which amounted to nearly $3 million given the match, provided by the Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance.
“As one of our core values states, ‘The gift of life is so valued that each person is cared for with such joy, respect, dignity, fairness and compassion so that he or she is aware of being loved’,” said Sister Jane Marie Klein, OSF, chairperson of Franciscan Alliance Board of Trustees, who was present for the announcement. “Whether nursing a patient back to health or caring for them through the dying process – our system carries on Christ’s healing and teaching ministries.”
Franciscan values and its mission certainly have fueled the Hospice House project.
“Continuing Christ’s ministry in our Franciscan tradition is the overarching purpose of the Franciscan Alliance Foundation,” said Sister Aline Shultz, OSF, vice president of development, marketing and public relations for Franciscan Alliance. “Achieving this fundraising goal is a testament to our commitment to finish the campaign in its entirety and to serve patients and families in a way consistent with our values.”
Total gifts, pledges and matching funds are propelling the campaign to its estimated $12 million total cost. Campaign leaders added that much work remains on raising the final $3 million to cover all the costs of construction and to establish a small endowment to sustain Hospice House well into the future.
“This is a night to celebrate because without you there would be no Hospice House,” said Steven J. Beck, who chairs Franciscan Alliance Foundation St. Francis Health. “But with your support, hundreds of families for whom hospice care in the home is not an option, will now receive compassionate end-of-life care in a peaceful, comfortable residential setting.”
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