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.