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Hospice of Southern Illinois to close Edwardsville home


From Illinois Business Journal news services

EDWARDSVILLE – Citing changing trends in the health-care industry, Hospice of Southern Illinois has announced it plans to close its Hospice Home Relais Bonne Eau in Edwardsville at the end of the year.

The announcement was posted Aug. 19 on the organization’s website.The organization plans to sell the home at 7325 Marine Road, a spokeswoman said. The operation accepted its first patient in 2010 after ground had been broken in 2008.

“The needs of our community and hospice patients nationally are changing. And, several trends in the broader healthcare environment are making it difficult for independent hospice homes to operate sustainably, and those trends continue to impact us, as well. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to close the facility at the end of 2015,” the posting says.

“Please be assured that Hospice of Southern Illinois isn’t going anywhere – our community can continue to rely on us, just as it has since 1981. We will serve approximately 2,700 patients in 2015, and we expect to see an increase in that number next year. Our hospice home care service will continue to care for patients and support their loved ones throughout our 27-county territory, and in 2016 we will celebrate its 35th anniversary.

“We remain dedicated to our mission of providing hospice care to the people of Southern Illinois, and we continue to be honored and humbled that our patients and their loved ones entrust us with this important responsibility,” the posting concludes.

Lisa Phillipson, a spokeswoman for Hospice of Southern Illinois, told the Belleville News Democrat that administrators and the organization’s board made the decision to close the center last week.

Southern Illinois Hospice includes locations in Belleville and Marion, according to its website.


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