Hospice House of Mercy celebrates five years of serving Eastern Iowa

Karen Vander Sanden
Published: May 16 2012 | 1:39 pm - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 7:10 pm in

CEDAR RAPIDS (Wed., May 16, 2012)The Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy has been serving eastern Iowa patients and their families with compassionate, end-of-life care for five years. The Hospice House is marking this milestone with a public open house and refreshments on Wednesday, May 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. The Hospice House is located at 315 18th Avenue, Hiawatha.

The Hospice House of Mercy provides 24-hour nursing care for each patient, serving people of all ages from all walks of life.

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, comfortable 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 families. Each patient room has access to a private outdoor patio. An open kitchen, dining room and living room areas, children’s play areas, walking paths, a garden, a chapel/meditation room for all faiths and a library enrich the homelike atmosphere.

It was hospice volunteers who first 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, Dennis, 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 on the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, visit www.mercycare.org or call (319) 398-6496.

EVENT DETAILS

What:  Open house to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy

When:  Wednesday, May 23, 4 to 6 p.m.  Ribbon-cutting & brief program at 4 p.m.

Where:  Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, 315 18th Avenue, Hiawatha

Who:  The public is invited for a brief program, tours and refreshments.

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