I am thrilled to report that as of yesterday morning, Gilchrist Center Howard County – the first ever acute inpatient hospice facility in that county – is officially open and accepting patients.
This is an important milestone for the Howard County community. For several years, we heard from our patients’ families and from the community about the need for inpatient hospice care in the county. We heard from our staff that our Howard County families preferred not to make the drive from their homes in the county to Towson, the location of our renowned inpatient facility, Gilchrist Center.
They asked and we responded.
Gilchrist Center Howard County is a beautiful 10-bed facility, designed with the same home-like, peaceful feel of the original Gilchrist Center. Great pains have been taken to ensure that each patient’s room looks like a bedroom, and not a hospital room: the doors are red, not institutional white; as much medical equipment as possible is hidden in the design; and each room has its own outside area, with doors wide enough to push a hospital bed through. In the coming weeks our patients will be able to look out on beautiful gardens. And as with the original Gilchrist Center, there are also family areas within, and family and friends – even pets – may visit any time of the day.
At the same time, we have hired the most qualified and compassionate nurses, social workers, chaplains and hospice aides, and trained amazing volunteers for Gilchrist Center Howard County so that we may provide the highest quality round-the-clock care. Our patients are admitted for inpatient care at times of great crisis and distress; our goal is to manage their pain and other symptoms to provide comfort and, in the process, preserve their dignity.
We know how important an addition Gilchrist Center Howard County is to the continuum of end of life care and services we provide.
For more information, please feel free to check out our website at gilchristhospice.org/howard_county.