Hospice To Reopen at Memorial Hospital

July 17, 2015

Martinsville, VA (July 17, 2015) – Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County (MHMHC) today announced that Legacy Hospice of the Piedmont-Martinsville will reopen a physical office on the first floor of the hospital, effective Monday, July 20. 

Hospice care is end-of-life medical/physical, psychosocial and spiritual care for adults and children. The goal of the care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort and dignity. Hospice caregivers provide palliative care, which focuses on controlling pain and other symptoms so a patient can remain as alert, comfortable, and independent as possible. Hospice programs also provide services to support a patient's family. 

“I am proud to say that we are reopening our hospice office here at Memorial Hospital,” said Keni Christansen, Hospice Market Director for Legacy Hospice of the Piedmont. “For many years, Hospice of Memorial Hospital was a valuable resource for so many patients and their families across our region. It has been a major priority for myself and my staff to see the Martinsville location reopen in order to meet the tremendous need for compassionate hospice care in our community.”

Hospice of Memorial Hospital, a department of MHMHC was established in 1984, and was one of the first hospices in the state of Virginia. For twenty nine years, Hospice of Memorial Hospital provided care to patients, families and caregivers facing life-limiting illnesses throughout Martinsville and Henry County and the surrounding region. In 2013, Hospice of Memorial Hospital became a market affiliate of Danville Regional Medical Center and was renamed Legacy Hospice of the Piedmont. The Martinsville location was closed in December of 2013 and operations were consolidated with the Danville office. 

“We are extremely pleased to see Legacy of the Piedmont reopen their location here in Martinsville,” said Michael Ehrat, CEO of Memorial Hospital. “Hospice is a critically important service to provide patients at the end of their lives. Our hospital location means we can better offer terminally ill patients and their loved ones peace of mind and the care they need to alleviate their suffering.” 

Dr. Henry Bridges, Chief Medical Officer at Memorial Hospital, is the new Medical Director for Legacy Hospice of the Piedmont. Bridges took over in April as Dr. Arthur Sleeper, previous medical director for over sixteen years, moved to Director Emeritus. Hospice nurse Sarah Webster, who was actively involved with Hospice of Memorial Hospital for over eighteen years, will be working closely with the new Martinsville office. 

Volunteers are a vital part of providing assistance to patients and their families.  Legacy Hospice of the Piedmont-Martinsville will be recruiting volunteers throughout the Martinsville and Henry County area and will have volunteer classes starting September 10th.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Deborah Spencer at 276-666-7469.

A grand reopening celebration is being planned for some time later in August. 

About Legacy Hospice of the Piedmont

Legacy Hospice of the Piedmont, a department of Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County, provides nursing, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and bereavement care to terminally ill patients and their families with emphasis on care in the home. Regular home visits by a nurse, social worker and volunteer provide symptom control, as well as peace of mind. When a patient must be admitted to the hospital, caring and support continue in Memorial Hospital. The Martinsville office primarily services the areas of Martinsville, Bassett, Fieldale, Horsepasture, Stuart, Axton and Ridgeway. For more information, call (276) 666-7469 or (434) 799-5313.

About Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County 

Memorial Hospital has been at the heart of the Martinsville and Henry County Community and the surrounding area providing exceptional healthcare and services to the region with a full range of services including 24/7 Emergency Care, Inpatient/Outpatient Surgical Services, Advanced Cancer Treatment, Wound/Hyperbaric Care, Women and Children Services, Diagnostics, Cardiology, Rehabilitation, Sleep Disorder, and Pain Management. More than 120 physicians are on the medical staff. The hospital employs more than 850 people and has more than 100 volunteers. For more information, visit www.martinsvillehospital.com.