Legacy of Care: Don’t Miss the Transition Celebration Sept. 24
Co-workers, please don’t miss the celebration of St. Anthony’s full transition to Mercy Hospital South. It’s scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at the future site of the Cancer Center near the helipad, across from the Emergency Department.
St. Anthony’s/Mercy leaders will discuss our shared legacies, including a blessing and groundbreaking of our new Cancer Center.
Also to be unveiled will be a poster of the new Heritage Wall in the main lobby. The wall will showcase St. Anthony’s and Mercy’s similar mission and history in timeline form with historic photos.
A celebratory lunch and light breakfast item will be served to commemorate the transition and the observance of Mercy Day, the anniversary of the opening of the first “House of Mercy” on Sept. 24, 1827 in Dublin, Ireland.
Don’t forget to start wearing your M-Wear on this day!
When you come in to work, you will receive a breakfast item from your supervisor. On the hospital campus, locations receiving the breakfast item will include the hospital, Hyland Behavioral Health, Child Care Center, de Greeff Hospice House and medical plaza building.
Off-campus locations receiving the breakfast item will include Landmark Parkway, Southwest Medical Center, urgent care centers, Kirkwood Family Medicine, Fenton OB/GYN, Arnold Family Medicine, St. Anthony’s Gastroenterology, Festus Family Medicine, Mercy Southfield Center, Telegraph Family Medicine, Therapy Services and Diabetes Education.
Kenrick’s Catering will serve barbecue meals in a tent outside the Heart and Surgical Pavilion, on the old Anthony House site. A choice of pork steak, chicken breast or a vegetarian option will be served from
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. first shift
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. second shift
11 p.m. to 1 a.m. third shift
Kenrick’s will set up lunch serving lines at the Landmark Parkway and Southwest Medical Center locations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Boxed lunches will be delivered to the urgent care centers, Kirkwood Family Medicine, Fenton OB/GYN, Arnold Family Medicine, St. Anthony’s Gastroenterology, Festus Family Medicine, Mercy Southfield Center, Telegraph Family Medicine, Therapy Services and Diabetes Education by 11 a.m.
Cookies also will be delivered to all of the locations above.
Did You Know? De Greeff is First Non-Profit Hospice House
When it opened in May 1999, the Fern & Russell F. de Greeff Hospice House was the only non-profit residential care facility in the Midwest for terminally ill patients.
Two years later, the eight-bed house had served almost 350 patients. To more effectively fulfill its mission of service to others, de Greeff expanded in 2008 to 20 beds.
The house is named for the de Greeffs, who have been its major benefactors. They decided to support the facility when Russell de Greeff was a patient in the hospice program at St. Anthony’s.
For some, living at the hospice house has been the only alternative to either staying in a hospital or nursing home or living alone. The hospice has a nurse or staff caregiver on hand at all times, and each patient room is large enough to accommodate caregivers or other family members who want to stay with the patient.
Nurses and nurse assistants in Mercy South's hospice program hold themselves to a higher standard, said hospice nurse Chris Stellhorn, RN.
“Those last days are always going to be imprinted in the family’s memory, and we have an opportunity to shape them,” Chris said. “This type of nursing can never be just a job: it's a ministry. It’s got to be in your heart.”
One of just 50 freestanding hospice houses in the U.S., de Greeff offers 14 private rooms for patients with a life expectancy of six months or less. Amenities include a private bath, TV with DVD player, a picture window with a bird feeder outside, and a family kitchen, dining area and family rooms.
Mercy South also offers a field hospice program that provides comprehensive end-of-life care for all individuals without regard to race, religion or financial situation, and is geared to provide emotional and spiritual support and relief from suffering through pain and symptom management.
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