By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Sanctuary Hospice House will open its doors Sunday in thanks for the community.
The hospice house, which provides care for the terminally ill during the last days of their lives, will hold an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday to celebrate the completion of the eight-room addition and the community generosity that made the $1.2 million project possible.
“We now want to share and celebrate their efforts by inviting them to see the fruits of their labors,” said Sanctuary administrator Linda Gholston.
Sanctuary began a campaign to expand after having to turn away 354 patients in a year. The community helped the hospice house raise $1.2 million for the addition and other renovations at its Highway 6 location west of Tupelo location.
“The community saw the need and supplied the funding for these eight additional beds, and for that we are so grateful,” Gholston said. “Having these eight additional beds should allow us to serve at least another 200 to 250 patients each year. The impact that will provide is simply amazing.”
The addition was actually completed in the fall, but the hospice staff shifted patients into the new wing to allow for renovations on the two existing wings.
Because parking is limited at the hospice house, a shuttle will run between the house and Bissell Baptist Church from 1:45 to 4:15 p.m.