Hospice House will open to patients Tuesday

  • Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 3:07 p.m.

The Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House is ready to open its doors to patients. Leaders from Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care learned today that the facility has received all necessary licensing and provider statuses, allowing the facility to become fully-operational, a news release said.

The facility will begin admitting patients on Tuesday.

Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care cares for nearly 80 patients and families in Rowan and surrounding counties every day. Hospice care is designed to keep people comfortable, at home — wherever they call home. However, there are times when pain and symptoms can be better managed with around-the-clock care. Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care has what a press release called a “highly trained, compassionate team ready to provide expert care for its patients who will be best served at the Hospice House.”

Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care is a collaboration of Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and Hospice & Palliative CareCenter. 

“The goal was for us to come together and provide the absolute best hospice care for patients in their homes and also for those needing inpatient care at a hospice house,” Brian Payne, president and CEO of Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care, said in the news release. “It has been a long time coming, and now it is truly a reality.”

Dari Caldwell, president of Rowan Medical Center, said in the news release the collaboration “truly benefits our patients and I am delighted to share this monumental step in hospice care in our community with our entire team. I want to extend special thank you to our community, especially our hospice steering committee, for your support and patience through the years.”

The facility was supposed to have opened to patients in January, but officials said a series of bureaucratic errors — including the Department of Health and Human Services losing its application — prevented that. The last step was obtaining a Medicare provider number.

The Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House is located at 1229 Statesville Blvd. For questions about referring a patient to Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care, call 704-637-7645. For questions related to the hospice house, contact Edwina Ritchie, director of the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House at 704-637-7645. 

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