Hosparus Central Kentucky is rebranding as Hosparus Health of Central Kentucky (HHCK) to demonstrate its commitment to enhancing the comprehensive, person-centered care and family support it has provided to those facing serious illness for nearly 40 years.
In response to the ever-changing health care needs of the community, HHCK is poised to expand its home-based services beyond traditional hospice care to include palliative and advanced illness care for both adults and children, serving more patients and families than ever before.
Currently, a private-pay, adult palliative care program is being piloted in Louisville only, but is expected to expand to the Central Kentucky community as interest grows.
Hosparus Health already provides pediatric hospice and palliative care through its Kourageous Kids program in both Kentucky and Indiana.
Hosparus Health has been providing compassionate hospice care since 1978, when it was founded by a small group of volunteers in Louisville.
Since then, the organization has grown to include almost 500 employees and more than 700 volunteers, serving nearly 7,000 patients and families a year in 33 counties regionally, including Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, Larue and Meade counties.
Hosparus Health ranks as one of the top 20 non-profit hospice providers in the United States and one of the largest in Kentucky.
As the incidence of serious and chronic disease increases, especially as the baby boomers age, HHCK recognized the need to expand its services beyond hospice care to include adult palliative and advanced illness care.
Palliative care is designed to meet the growing health care needs of vulnerable populations through specialized care coordination for patients of all ages with serious illnesses.
Unlike hospice, palliative care is not limited by a patient’s life expectancy and can be provided at any stage of an illness.
The interdisciplinary care teams the community has come to rely upon for hospice care will also be part of HHCK’s palliative care services when they become available. The teams include physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, therapists, chaplains, volunteers and grief counselors.
HHCK’s expanded focus is expected to raise awareness of advanced illness management for the Central Kentucky community, resulting in hundreds more families engaging with Hosparus Health’s quality services well before the end of life.
Hosparus Health will continue to build upon its core business of hospice care, which is specialized care for patients who suffer from terminal illnesses with a documented life expectancy of six months or less.
Hospice care promotes quality of life by ensuring patient comfort, and providing physical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual support.
Hosparus Health expects to remain the provider of choice for hospice care, offering compassionate care for patients and families at the end of life.
“The name Hosparus means, ‘We guide our guests.’ That’s just what we have been doing for almost 40 years, guiding our guests toward the end of their lives with dignity and respect,” said Hosparus Health President and CEO Phil Marshall. “Our mission remains the same, ‘to improve the quality of life,’ but our new vision embodies the goal of optimal living for those dealing with a serious or life-limiting illness. We truly believe that the earlier you call, the more we can help.”