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ACMC hospice unit celebrates 25 years

Hospital news | Tuesday, April 18, 2017

For the past 25 years, Ashtabula County Medical Center's hospice unit has provided palliative care and given family and friends a home-like setting at a time when they want to be close to their loved one. Tuesday night, ACMC joined with other members of the community to celebrate the hospice unit's 25th anniversary and unveil renovations to the area.

The word "hospice" can be traced back to medieval times and refers to a place of rest for weary or ill travelers on a long journey. Today, hospice is used as a place of comfort and rest at the end of a person's long journey of life. ACMC's hospice unit provides family members relief from caring for a terminally ill relative, while offering symptom management or intensive pain control – as well as solace for family and friends. Hospice emphasizes palliative rather than curative treatment. Patients and family members are comforted and included in the care plan.

"Having a Hospice unit at ACMC allows members of our communities to remain close to their families, friends and loved ones at a time when that closeness is needed most," said ACMC President & CEO Michael Habowski. "The home-like setting, with private patient rooms and a common family area brings comfort and solace to patients and families alike. ACMC's Hospice staff are specially trained to care for patients and families facing the end of life."

ACMC opened its hospice unit 25 years ago, in 1992. The unit was a culmination of joint efforts by citizens of Ashtabula County, the Ashtabula Foundation, ACMC Foundation, ACMC's Volunteer Auxiliary, and ACMC staff.

The unit has undergone several renovations and updates to the interior design, but what hasn't changed is the home-like setting that brings comfort and solace to patients and families alike.

The renovation was led by ACMC Board of Trustees Vice President Nancy Kister, who worked with the architect and interior designer to bring a modern look to the Hospice Unit. Work included a modern color scheme, new furniture, new carpeting, and new artwork. The work was done by ACMC Engineering staff.