Effective 1/2/17 no new patient referrals acceptedGRANTS PASS, Ore. — After 36 years of community service, Lovejoy Hospice regretfully announces it will close its doors at the end of January 2017 and effective 1/2/17, is no longer accepting new patient referrals.
“This is not a decision that was entered into lightly,” says Steve Ware, Lovejoy Hospice Board President, “But the responsible thing to do is close Lovejoy Hospice with the dignity and respect which has been a hallmark of the service we have always provided.” The Board of Directors would like to recognize and praise the tireless efforts of Lovejoy Hospice’s Executive Director, Managers, Coordinators, Staff, and Volunteers. Each of these individuals’ loyalty and dedication has been unwavering through these challenging times.
For the last several years Lovejoy Hospice has proactively sought out alternatives to create a sustainable business model. The Board of Directors and the Executive Director considered options of merger, acquisition and the possible development of alternative service models that could offer a broader range of services. However, an option that matched the mission and philosophy of Lovejoy Hospice was not found.
Over the past decade, Lovejoy Hospice, like many independent, non-profit hospices nationwide, has struggled to meet increasing regulatory requirements, increasing technological requirements, uncertain levels of Medicare reimbursements, skilled nursing care shortages, and the realities of serving a wide and primarily rural area, all while competing against hospital systems which offer a broader range of comprehensive care services. In considering all these facts, the Lovejoy Hospice Board of Directors found it impossible to imagine a successful future long-term and have made the difficult decision to close.
Lovejoy Hospice sincerely thanks all its donors for their generous support over the years. Because of their support, Lovejoy Hospice was honored to have served the community with care that per the Oregon Hospice & Palliative Care Association Survey Team “sets the bar for hospice care in the State of Oregon,” for hospices accredited by the OHPCA. Deneen Silva, Executive Director of Lovejoy Hospice, stated, “This difficult decision is one that allows Lovejoy Hospice to close with honor and grace in the face of an unsustainable business model. It has been our privilege to have served our community well, and I think our founder, Jean Lovejoy, would be proud of the work we’ve done.”
Lovejoy Hospice has chosen that all remaining assets and funds will be donated to the Oregon Hospice & Palliative Care Association. The Oregon Hospice & Palliative Care Association is a 501(c)3 statewide public benefit organization which helps to ensure Oregonians have access to high-quality hospice and palliative care as they near the end of life. This will ensure that any remaining donor’s gifts continue to provide end of life care as they were intended.
On January 2, 2017, staff and volunteers were notified of the closure and a halt was placed on accepting new patient referrals. Current patients and their families or caregivers were also notified.
Lovejoy Hospice will retain the appropriate staff through the month of January to transition remaining patients to alternate hospice agencies accordingly. Lovejoy Hospice’s primary goal is to ensure excellent continuity of care for their patients and their families or caregivers and is committed to working diligently to making the transition as smooth and seamless as possible.
January 31, 2017, is the official last patient care date. Patient records will be available directly from Lovejoy Hospice through August 15th, 2017. After which, a notification regarding who will be the custodian of permanent patient record retention will be made through the media.
Lovejoy Hospice will be providing staff with extensive assistance through the transition period, including job counseling, recommendations, and references to ensure that they are given every opportunity to a fruitful career in their given fields.
Lovejoy Hospice anticipates a liquidation sale in late spring 2017 and will be placing the building in Grants Pass, Oregon up for sale as well.