Jun
2006

Caring For The Patient & The Entire Family At St Elizabeth Hospice

The last time we featured St. Elizabeth's Hospice facility, it was to announce the groundbreaking. This time around, it's an update on the project and interior renderings to give you a better idea of what the facility will look like upon completion.

Construction on St. Elizabeth Medical Center's new, freestanding Hospice facility located in Edgewood (KY), is progressing rapidly. GBBN designed the 17,586 square foot, structure that upon completion will be a 12-bed hospice unit. Expansion plans allow for a total capacity of 48 private rooms. Currently the foundation and slab are in place, and work advances on wall and roof framing.

The spacious new building will reside on six-plus acres on land next to the Family Practice Center on St. E's South campus. Designed to focus on the patient and their family for total support of their end-of-life experience, Phase I services include administration, home hospice care, family counselors, and a chapel with chaplains on staff.

A large family social area, kitchen, children's area and other shared family spaces allow for areas of respite while still being close to their loved one. Skylights and seating at the nurse's statoins encourage staff-family interaction. Each patient room also includes space for families, offering a sleeper sofa and desk space, as well as ample room for the patient's personal mementos. "The goal is to provide a comfortable and home-like atmosphere for patients and their families," said Juliette Bezold, interior designer for the project. "St. Elizabeth's dedication to caring not only for the patient, but their entire family, is evident throughout the facility," she added.

Bringing the natural environment to the patient's bedside is another goal St. Elizabeth has for their new Hospice facility. The patient rooms have operable windows, and a private patio/garden area that both wheelchairs and hospital beds can access. Natural colors and motifs are used throughout the interior to give a warm, inviting atmosphere. Additional green space and healing gardens surround the building providing patients and their families with a serene, peaceful environment.

The Hospice facility is scheduled for completion in February 2007.