MURRAY, Ky. (8/19/13) – The Murray-Calloway Endowment for Healthcare recently received a donation from The Murray Bank for $10,000, completing their fourth year of a $50,000 five-year pledge.
For Vice President Darren Jones this donation makes him proud to work for The Murray Bank.
“The Murray Bank supports a lot of community events and contributes too many worthwhile causes, and the Residential Hospice House is just another example of that commitment. I’m glad we have been able to help make the vision of a community Hospice House one step closer to reality,” Jones said.
Jones is passionate about this particular donation because he has seen Hospice care on a personal level. Both his father and mother were under the care of Hospice when they passed away.
His father, Donald A. Jones, passed away in November 2000 after months of coping with lung and brain cancer. He spent his last few months under the care of the Hospice team from Murray-Calloway County Hospital.
“For me, hospice meant comfort and peace. Comfort in knowing that there were special individuals who are blessed with the gift to be able to provide compassion and care to a family member who is in their last stage of life on this earth. Peace for myself and other family members, knowing that our loved ones were being looked after and cared for when we weren’t able to be around,” Jones said.
His mother, Mitzi Cook Billington, passed away in 2008 from esophageal cancer and was also under the care of hospice during her final days where she resided in Cincinnati. Darren says it was the comfort of Hospice that made it easier to be long distance from where she was.
During both experiences Hospice was very important to the family. Even after years have passed Darren says the impact was powerful. He understands that Hospice workers are a special group of people.
Hospice provides patient care that focuses on a terminally ill patient's relief for their pain and symptoms, and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs.
Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Hospice House will be a six-bed, residential facility located on KY 94 West. Designed to provide patients with limited life expectancy, and their families, a nurturing, homelike setting; a hospice house is a place where life’s journey can end peacefully and in dignity, surrounded by family and friends.
If you are interested in learning more about naming opportunities available with Murray-Calloway Endowment for Healthcare, please contact Keith Travis, Vice President of Development at 270-762-1908.
Information provided by Melony Bray
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