Don't mix up hospices

Your article “Cancer patients facing end look outside hospital” (Sept. 15) was well-written and informative. Thank you. Patients and their families are given the comfort and peace of mind, body and spirit to live until they die.

 

There are at least 11 hospices in our area to choose from. The community is free to choose whichever hospice they prefer, and I have heard good things about each one. Among those, there are two that sometimes get confused.

There is a difference, however, between St. Joseph Hospice, a newer hospice, and Trinity Hospital of Augusta’s Center for Hospice and Palliative Care (or Trinity Hospice for short – the “old” St. Joseph Hospice).

St. Joseph Hospice was created approximately two or three years ago. I am sure they have capable, compassionate staff caring for their patients and families. However, they are not the former St. Joseph Hospice the community knew for so many years. The older “St. Joseph Hospice” is now Trinity’s hospice. I think many of the same staff from when it was the original St. Joseph Hospice is still there.

When St. Joseph Hospital was bought by Triad Hospitals, the name of the hospital and hospice was changed to Trinity Hospital of Augusta. Later, when Community Health Systems bought the hospital, the separation of hospital and hospice occurred.

A huge thank-you to all the hospices who do a wonderful job of helping patients and their families during a very difficult time in their lives.

Frankie B. May

North Augusta, S.C.

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