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Sanctuary Hospice House opens new wing Thursday

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 4/24/2013 12:07 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Eight new beds are now a part of the Sanctuary Hospice House in addition to the 16 existing beds.

Before the new wing was added, several hundred patients were turned away in a year's time due to a lack of beds.

Officials here say they will now be able to serve another 250 patients a year with the added wing.

Each room is designed with the comfort of both patient and family in mind.

Executive Director Linda Gholston said, "These rooms have the best bed that Hill-Rom makes. They're computerized and contour to each body to take pressure off bony prominences. We have wonderful sofa sleepers for the family."

Also in the new wing patient rooms and the nurses station are close to one another.

Gholston said, "We used a concept here of four beds on each side of the nurses station. No patient and family will be more than two doors away from a nurse."

The new wing, renovation of the existing unit, and expansion of the kitchen cost $1.2 million.

It's all been paid for thanks to the generosity of Sanctuary Hospice House supporters.

Even though the expansion was just completed here at Sanctuary Hospice House, leaders say they're always looking for ways to serve more families.

Gholston said, "Perhaps there could be an addition here or we might do a satellite in another community."

For now, leaders at Sanctuary Hospice House say they're thankful they'll be able to take care of more people here than ever before.

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