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Home > Mercy News > Hospice House of Mercy celebrates 5th anniversary
Published on April 26, 2012
The Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy has been serving serving patients and their families with end-of-life care for five years. The Hospice House is marking this milestone with a public open house on Wed., May 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. The Hospice House is located at 315 18th Ave., Hiawatha.
The Hospice House of Mercy provides 24-hour nursing care for each patient, serving people of all ages from all walks of life – including the homeless.
Since opening in May 2007, more than 1,100 patients have been directly served. As the only hospice house in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City corridor, its outreach is extensive. The next closest hospice house is in Waterloo.
The goal of the Hospice House is to provide a variety of services so patients can spend their final days in a caring, nurturing environment, surrounded by family members and caregivers who are both competent and compassionate. The 22,000-square foot facility has 12 patient rooms with hospital-standard medical resources and accommodations for children, families and meal preparation. The average daily census is nine patients. Each patient room has access to a private outdoor patio. Walking paths, a garden, a chapel/meditation room for all faiths and a library enrich the homelike atmosphere.
It was hospice volunteers who gathered more than 3,500 signatures to raise awareness of the need for a hospice house in the Cedar Rapids area. Donna Oldorf’s generous lead gift of $1.1 million in memory of her husband, Denny, who was a Hospice of Mercy patient, enabled the construction of the Hospice House. More than 2,000 community-wide donors also contributed and the Hall-Perrine Foundation provided $1.7 million.
For more information, call (319) 398-6496.