Providing care to a person facing a life-limiting illness, along with their families and caregivers is a vital service hospices provide.

As the community grows and the need for hospice services increase, St. Croix Hospice has recently opened an office to extend hospice services to Central Nebraska.

St. Croix Hospice is located at 2550 N. Diers Ave,

Hospice is defined as a specialized type of care for those facing a life-limiting illness, their families and their caregivers. Hospice care addresses the patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Hospice care also helps the patient’s family caregivers.

According to the industry, the hospice market is growing as the population is aging as people live longer. Rising healthcare costs, more incidents of multiple chronic conditions, technological advancements, and other reasons are other contributing factors.

“St. Croix Hospice is pleased to be able to serve more patients, families, and caregivers throughout Nebraska from our new Grand Island location,” said St. Croix Hospice Medical Director Clayton Hoberman, DO.

Hoberman said St. Croix has been providing services for many years from its Omaha office. He said they added a Lincoln location last year in response to continued requests to “provide our support to more communities.”

“The Grand Island office now allows us to provide additional local hospice expertise to even more of eastern Nebraska,” he said.

Mission statement

St. Croix Hospice’s mission is to deliver the highest quality hospice care, said representative Bronwyn Pope.

Hoberman said the expert care team in Grand Island includes physicians, registered nurses, social workers, dietitians, chaplains, hospice aides, bereavement counselors, volunteers, and physical, speech, occupational, music and massage therapy.

At St. Croix, Pope said, they have developed a highly skilled team that’s devoted to providing patient-centric care. That type of care empowers the “unique voices of all those we serve.”

Pope said Hospice care provides comfort and quality of life for patients with a terminal diagnosis when a cure is no longer an option.

“St. Croix Hospice surrounds patients, families and caregivers with a team of compassionate experts who support their physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs,” she said. “Hospice care is provided wherever a patient calls home, including a nursing home or care facility.”

Their ultimate aim is making sure of the patient’s care and comfort is provided in a “dignified way and in accordance with your unique preferences and personal values.”

According to Hoberman, St. Croix Hospice recognizes the significance of each “precious, end-of-life journey and we will do all we can to provide an empowering hospice experience.”

St. Croix Hospice supports patients, families, and caregivers by “delivering the highest quality hospice care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.” Pope said.

Main focus

“We are focused solely on providing exceptional hospice care,” Pope said. “St. Croix Hospice takes pride in round-the-clock availability, prompt response and same day admissions, including evenings, weekends and holidays.”

They also reach out to patients who may not typically seek out end-of-life care.

“We never turn away anyone unable to pay for hospice services,” Pope said.

In coordination with a patient’s primary physician and in compliance with state and federal regulations, Pope said their team manages and “brings comfort care to end-stage diseases wherever you call home.”

Coverage area

They serves patients and their families in the following counties: Burt, Butler, Cass, Clay, Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Douglas, Fillmore, Gage, Hall, Hamilton, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Madison, Merrick, Nance, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Platte, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward, Stanton, Thayer, Washington and York.

St. Croix Hospice also provides services in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Also, volunteers at St. Croix Hospice are vital to their success, Pope said, as volunteers use their talents from comforting patients and families to performing essential office tasks.

To volunteer, contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@stcroixhospice.com or toll-free at (855) 278-2764.

To learn more about how you can benefit from hospice care, check online at stcroixhospice.com or contact the Grand Island office at (855) 278-2764. The email address is info@stcroixhospice.com.

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