Bishop blesses only local hospice home

By Anna Yee

Bishop blesses only local hospice home

December 4, 2012 Updated Dec 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. --  The only hospice home in Central Illinois is one step closer to opening its doors.

On Tuesday, Bishop Daniel Jenky led a blessing ceremony at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

The nearly 23,000 square foot facility is located off Route 91 in Peoria and will be the fourth hospice home in the state and the only one in the Heart of Illinois.

The home is designed to house sixteen patients, which is the maximum number the state allows.

"It will house three levels of care," said Donna Medina, Vice President of OSF Hospice & Foundation. "Those that are having pain or symptoms that will come for a short time and go home, those that come here so that their families can have a little rest from taking care of them, and then there will be those patients who come here to live the last few weeks of their lives until they die... It's really meant to support that entire family."

The OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home is expected to officially open in January.

Staff and regular volunteer positions are open.

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