OLATHE, KAN. (October 10, 2012) – Olathe Medical Center is hosting a special event on October 18 to celebrate the Hospice program’s 30 years of service to a seven-county area and the groundbreaking of the Hospice House at Olathe Medical Park.
The OMC hospice program began as a volunteer organization in July 1982 for the Olathe Community Hospital. When changes in Medicare benefits occurred, the program went from solely a volunteer program to a department of the hospital. OMC was the first hospital in the Kansas City metropolitan area to provide hospital-based hospice care.
“Olathe Health System has made a sustained commitment to the hospice program for 30 years,” Charlene Shibel, hospice director, said. “This sends a message to our community that we are very experienced at providing compassionate, quality care for individuals and their families during a vulnerable, important time of life.”
During the past 30 years, strong community support has continued to boost the hospice program through donations and volunteering. Its services have expanded tremendously. With the completion of the capital campaign to build an inpatient hospice house, the next step in the program is becoming a reality.
The Olathe Medical Center Charitable Foundation announced in April that it surpassed its fundraising goal to build the Hospice House at Olathe Medical Park. The facility will fulfill a critical piece for the end-of-life experience, allowing staff to provide quality inpatient care in a home-like environment at a meaningful time for patients and their loved ones.
Hospice 30 Years of Service and Hospice House Groundbreaking
Thursday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m.
Olathe Health Education Center
(JCCC building west of Olathe Medical Center)
21201 W. 152nd St.
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