Franciscan Hospice House Among Those Saluted By Indianapolis Business Journal
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – The cancer was widespread throughout her failing body, but she had one wish before dying – to see her son graduate from high school.
In short order, members of Franciscan Hospice House arranged for a wheelchair van, groomed and dressed her and ensured that pain medications could be administrated without interruption. She and her husband arrived at the school and were given special seating. Tears of pride filled their eyes for their son and in gratitude to their "Franciscan family" who had made it all possible.
She passed away peacefully a few days after her son walked across the stage to receive his diploma.
Such stories are not uncommon at Franciscan Hospice House and certainly is but one of many underlying reasons why it has been recognized by the 2018 Indianapolis Business Journal Health Care Heroes program. Franciscan Hospice House was an honoree in the Advancements in Health Care category, announced on February 28.
"We are honored to receive this recognition and it underscores the professionalism and deep-rooted compassion of our staff," said David M. Mandelbaum, MD, medical director of palliative care services and co-medical director of Franciscan VNS Hospice. "When the physical, emotional and spiritual issues are addressed, as they are at Franciscan Hospice House, patients and their loved ones can spend the precious remaining time focused on the things that are truly important to them."
Franciscan Hospice House opened its doors in late fall 2015 and since that time has served more than 400 patients, regardless of their financial situations. Located on the Franciscan Health Indianapolis campus, it is one of only three free-standing inpatient hospices in all of central and south-central Indiana.
The home-like facility provides 12 private suites, a large family accessible kitchen, chapel and private outdoor porches. A chaplain is always on site and families are encouraged to bring pets to visit. The House was financed by privately-raised funds and matching contributions from Franciscan Alliance.
This isn't the first time Franciscan Health clinicians have been honored as Health Care Heroes. View a listing of all past recipients and finalists.
This annual IBJ program recognizes individuals and organizations in the healthcare industry that make significant strides improving the health and well-being of the community.
By Joe Stuteville
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