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Gaston Hospice to Grow Robin Johnson House

09-12-2011

Dallas, NC. Gaston Hospice held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, July 28 at the Robin Johnson House to begin construction on an expansion project that will add seven more patient rooms to the facility.

“After just four years, that wonderful place has successfully cared for over 1019 patients and has been a tremendous source of comfort for their families as well,” says Emily Craig, Gaston Hospice spokesperson. “We are so excited to be adding seven more patient rooms, for a total of nineteen. Often, the House is full and patients have to wait a day or two to get in. Sometimes, if a patient comes too late to hospice care, a day or two may be all the time that patient has left and the difference might mean they die in the hospital rather the comfort of the Robin Johnson House. This expansion should enable us to move people in without a wait.”

The Robin Johnson House is Gaston Hospice’s inpatient facility, located at 5005 Shepherd’s Way Drive in Dallas. Most patients receive hospice care at their home or the home of someone who cares for them, still the vastly preferred place to die. About 30% receive care in a long term care facility and about 7% will stay at the Robin Johnson House either for a short stay or until they die. RJH was completed in 2007 especially for those patients who are not able to be cared for at home. Patients may be placed at the Robin Johnson House as an alternative to hospitalization to manage their pain and symptoms, or for respite care situations when families need extra support. Care planning begins immediately with a goal of helping families get their loved one back home as soon as they are ready. Other patients who lack a practical or willing caregiver may stay at the Robin Johnson House until they die.

“These additional rooms will allow us to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place and in the right way for more of those patients and families struggling with the symptoms and distress in dealing with life limiting illness,” says Michael Case, MD, Gaston Hospice Medical Director. ”We are grateful to the community and CaroMont Health for sharing our passion and commitment to improving the quality of life for patients and families as the face the most serious time of their lives.”

Gaston Hospice serves patients with many types of illnesses, such as congestive heart failure, emphysema, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV and cancer. Patients are referred to Gaston Hospice when they are no longer receiving treatment to cure their illness. The Robin Johnson House expansion will be constructed and furnished thanks to the generous contributions of individuals, businesses and foundations.

The Robin Johnson House continues to rely on donation to provide care for all those who need it, not just those who can afford it. Several programs are available to honor and remember a loved one. Further giving information is available in the Gaston Hospice development offices. All patients are accepted without regard to age, race, religion or ability to pay.