Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Community should help raise funds for care

By the Advocate Editorial Board
July 22, 2013 at 2:22 a.m.

Victoria has a strong, caring health care system. Our community is home to two hospitals that have both received national recognition for various forms of service.

We are proud to see our hometown health care system prospering, and are excited to hear of another effort to offer even more quality care to those who are reaching the end of their lives.

Hospice of South Texas is holding a 5-year fundraising campaign known as "Creating Hope: A center of Compassion, every moment matters," according to a news release. The money raised during this campaign will be used to build a new hospice inpatient center off of Mallette Street in Victoria. The campaign has a goal to raise between $4.5 million and $6 million.

This campaign is an exciting announcement, and we encourage everyone in the community to take part in this effort to build a safe place for those who need end-of-life care. According to the website, Hospice wants to build a facility with 12 private rooms by 2014 with the capability to expand it to include 36 private rooms, including family day beds. The facility will include rooms with restrooms, sitting areas, floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the memorial garden, pleasant decor, spaces for patients and family, a more affordable housing option than hospitals and more.

The facility also plans to phase in other elements, including a bereavement center ready by 2015 to offer family and friends a place to grieve together, a memorial garden by 2016 for patients to walk and socialize in, and an endowment by 2017 to help those who cannot afford hospice care pay for the services offered at this center.

We applaud Hospice of South Texas for creating this vision and working to bring the best quality of care available to our community. Those in need of hospice are important members of our families and our community. They are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and more. As members of families age, it is the responsibility of the younger generations to find the best care available for them. As their lives draw to the end, we only wish them to live their last days in comfort and peace.

We encourage members of the community to unite behind this effort to bring more quality hospice care to Victoria. We already have award-winning hospitals and a thriving medical community. But death is an unfortunate reality we all must face, and it is important to make the end of life as comfortable as possible.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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