Olathe Medical Center Announces Grand Opening of Hospice House

OLATHE, KAN. (Aug. 18, 2014) – Members of a supportive community will gather to
celebrate the grand opening of Olathe Medical Center’s Hospice House with a special
open house on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The event is open to the public and will be from
4 – 6 p.m. with special announcements and a ribbon cutting at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Hospice staff and volunteers will be on hand to give tours of the new facility. A second
public open house will be Sunday, Sept. 21 from 2 – 4 p.m.

“We believe our patients deserve to receive their healthcare at the end-of-life from a
system they know and trust,” Frank H. Devocelle, President/CEO of Olathe Medical
Center, said. “We are proud of this facility and happy we can now make it available to
the communities we serve.”

The Hospice House features a private and serene environment with patient suites,
sitting areas for family and friends, a full kitchen, flower gardens, veranda and aroundthe-
clock nursing care. The facility will open to patients in late September.

“For those who need hospice care, I cannot think of a more soothing, reassuring, restful
place to receive that care than in OMC’s new Hospice House,” Sally Lundy, hospice and
home health director at OMC, said. “Our staff is excited to expand our program to
include this wonderful inpatient option for our community.”

The project began with a capital campaign embraced by the community to raise $4.3
million to fund the project. It will be the only freestanding inpatient hospice facility on the
Kansas side of the metropolitan area. The Hospice House is located at 15310 S. Marion
Street, near 153rd Place and Lone Elm Road on the southwest corner of Olathe Medical
Park.

OMC has provided hospice services for more than 30 years. The new inpatient facility
will add another level of hospice care so families can spend valuable time with their
loved ones’ without the burden of being their care-taker. The hospice team has
expanded to more than 130 people, including its volunteers, to provide in-home and
inpatient hospice care.

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For additional information about the house or to schedule interviews with staff, please
contact Lacey Kane at lacey.kane@olathehealth.org or 913-791-4397.