Hospice Austin knew that 2020 would have its challenges, even before the pandemic. The warehouse next to Hospice Austin’s Christopher House was slated for demolition with a 5-story high-rise to be built in its place. Hospice Austin was faced with a difficult choice: temporarily suspend or relocate inpatient care, or leave Christopher House open but possibly have patients disturbed by the construction? While many of Hospice Austin’s patients are provided end-of life care in the place they call home, our inpatient facility is critical to keeping patients out of the hospital during those times that symptoms cannot be controlled at home.
Our absolute priority is ensuring that all patients receive the end-of- life care they need in as peaceful and serene an environment as possible. Through our partnership and collaboration with St. David’s Foundation, we have been awarded a grant of $883,000. These funds will allow us to continue to serve patients at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House while mitigating the costs related to construction and helping to retain our exceptional and trusted staff ensuring that critical, 24-hour end-of-life care remains available to our community.
Throughout our partnership with St. David’s Foundation, their investments in Hospice Austin over the past several years has allowed us to:
- provide thousands of days of charity care for underserved and uninsured hospice patients in our community
- launch Austin Palliative Care, a community-based palliative care program where doctors and nurse practitioners visit patients in their homes
- develop The Gift Project: Giving Instructions for Tomorrow to encourage health care providers and individuals to learn about advance care planning before a medical crisis occurs
“We are so grateful to the St. David’s Foundation,” said Hospice Austin Executive Director Marjorie Mulanax. “Their vision, generosity, and commitment to the healthcare needs of Central Texans have allowed Hospice Austin to respond to unexpected expenses while seamlessly providing care for our patients. The St. David’s Foundation is a treasure to our community.”