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.