Hot Springs Hospice Family Room Dedicated in Memory of Patient

There’s now a place for grieving families to find comfort and rest at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs thanks to a patient’s family and friends.

Recently, the hospital transitioned to in-room hospice on 2W. Sharon Wilson was one of the first hospice patients to be a part of this transition.

Her family said they saw first-hand the skill and knowledge of the doctors, nurses, techs, support staff and hospice team, but more importantly they were blown away by the compassion and kindness of our coworkers.

“It became obvious to our family that during the final days of hospice care, the families and friends of our loved ones require as much care as the patient themselves,” Phillip Petty, RN, CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs, and nephew to Wilson said.

Petty said initially the family wanted to invest in a cart with supplies for other families in hospice. However, as donations poured in, they chose to donate a family room instead.

“She had such an impact on people that her friends, families, and colleagues gave generously to help families during a difficult time. This will be a great example and legacy of how she lived life,” Petty said, “I know this will be a room where many tears will be shed, but it will also be a place where laughs and memories can be shared. She would have loved that!”

The hospital held a dedication with Wilson’s family in early January with the prayer that hospice families can find some temporary peace and joy while at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs.