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On Saturday, March 6th at 4:00 p.m., the KRMC Foundation held a ribbon cutting and open house for the Joan & Diana Hospice Home.
Located at 812 Airway Avenue on 1.7 acres donated by the Lingenfelter family, the 9,850-square-foot home will provide hospice services to those individuals who are dying from a terminal illness but do not have a caregiver, or live too far out of town to obtain hospice service. Much of the furnishings and artwork in the home were donated by the Becker family.
Over 200 guests were treated to special appetizers from KRMC Nutritional Services catering, and music provided by pianist Lorraine Hunt, while they toured the beautiful new facility.
After the ribbon cutting and tours of the hospice home, guests were invited to take a ride on the KRMC patient transportation van over to the hospital, where hot appetizers were served and tours were provided of the Wound Care Center, Cardiovascular Center, Acute Rehabilitation, Second Floor East and the newly-remodeled gift shop in the main hospital. Music in the lobby was provided by Jeremy Foss, acoustic guitarist.
The tours then continued to the KRMC Cancer Center and Sleep Lab, ending in the lobby of the Medical Professional Center, where desserts by Victoria Pratt were served and area physicians were available to meet and greet.
The KRMC Foundation would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation and thanks to those individuals and businesses that have helped to make the Joan & Diana Hospice Home a reality, including the Kingman Hospital, Inc. (KHI) Board of Directors for their support of this project. Fundraising for the home has been on-going for the last five years with events such as the Route 66 Race for Hospice and the annual golf tournament. The home is named in honor of Joan Becker and Diana Lingenfelter, whose families gave in excess of $750,000 each to help build the home. In addition, the following major donors have provided donations of $5,000 or more including Elizabeth White, Bill & Patricia Malcolm, Betty Grounds, Krystal Burge, Monica Busch, June Schultz, Pamela Liss-Burdett, Soroptimist International, KRMC Volunteers, Bob and Carma Yost, and the KRMC Medical Staff.
Donations of in-kind services and materials for the project were provided by Acton Welding, Ambient Edge, Associated Engineering, AWE Corporate Interiors, Buxton Drywall, Cerbat Door Shop, Craig Plumbing, Craig Fire Protection, Desert Construction, European Techniques, Gonzalez Wall Systems, Highland Glass, Homestyle Furniture, Jewett Acoustics, Kraft-Wright, McMillin Painting, Mohave Engineering, Morfeld Ray Architects, Northwest Securities, Paragon, Pro-Tek, R&M Excavation, Riviera Carpet, Roof Doctor, Simplex-Grinnell, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc., T.R. Orr, Inc., Unisource Energy Services, Vision Landscaping, Walker Electric, Western Technologies, and Zorn Masonry. Artist Fred Lucas donated a beautiful original painting that is hung above the fireplace.
Hospice volunteers â€” making a difference every day
Hospice volunteers do important and rewarding work, and are the backbone of the hospice team. Twelve volunteers are about to complete their 30 hour training and another session will begin late summer.
Why should anyone consider being a hospice volunteer? Following are comments from some of our hospice volunteers:
â€¢â€‚It really doesnâ€™t take much time to make a difference in a dying patientâ€™s life. It feels good to know that Iâ€™ve been able to help provide some comfort to a dying patient and able to give.
â€¢â€‚Because Hospice does such great work for those in need. Many times we will never know the impact we have made on a Hospice patient or family because of their trying times. Everyone has talents and gifts they can use and can be applied in a way to give back to their community.
â€¢â€‚End-of-life support is as important as beginning-of-life support.
â€¢â€‚It is very rewarding. You meet wonderful people, friends for life. It makes you feel good about yourself. You will get more out of volunteering than your patient.
Interested in being part of the next training session? Call Cindy Kramer, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at (928) 692-4680.