Easing their final hours

For hospital patients facing the end of their lives, their final days and weeks are precious times.

They want to spend as much time as possible with loved ones, in a comfortable setting that offers privacy. But often, their own home is not equipped to meet their needs. A southside Indianapolis hospital is opening a hospice center next year with the hope of becoming a suitable replacement.

Franciscan St. Francis Health will break ground June 12 on a new building dedicated to hospice care. The $10 million facility will include private rooms, common areas for families and patients, and a chapel and prayer garden. Hospital officials anticipate serving more than 600 families each year at the hospice center, which is expected to be finished in early 2015.

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