State of the Heart’s Inpatient Care Center celebrating five years

GREENVILLE – The State of the Heart In-Patient Care Center is celebrating its fifth year anniversary.

The center, housed on the fourth floor of Wayne HealthCare, offered tours and a light lunch in honor of their milestone on Tuesday and Friday of this week, with State Representative Susan Manchester visiting on Friday.

Manchester presented the Inpatient Care Center staff with a certificate of appreciation for their five years of service to the community.

The center opened in 2013, and has served hundreds of patients and their families.

The Inpatient Care Center, said State of the Heart Executive Director Kristi Strawser, was a long-awaited “dream for a long time. We’ve grown since that first year and every year continue to grow in numbers.”

State of the Heart Hospice, explains  Strawser, rents space for its in-patient center at Wayne HealthCare.

“We enjoy a positive partnership with the hospital,” Strawser said, noting the space was renovated by the hospital, but its five private rooms were equipped and are staffed by State of the Heart.

Close family members are invited to stay with their loved one, with sleeping, showering facility and a family room with coffee and snacks.

Patients who are admitted to the Inpatient Care Center are in “need of a higher managed care,” Strawser said, than what they may be receiving at home or in another facility.

Inpatient Care offers help when a patient is no longer able to receive care at home. The care center is designed for short term care to manage acute symptoms, adjust medications or to stabilize a patient.

Another benefit, Strawser said in having a hospice inpatient unit in Darke County is the ease and benefit for family members to be close by.

“Being able to be close when time is really precious, being able to spend time,” with their loved one, is ideal, she said, as opposed to making a trip to Dayton or out-of-county inpatient center.

Patients also have access to medical personnel, including Dr. Edward Hosbach and a staff of nurses and volunteers who staff the inpatient center.

Although inpatient hospice care for most patients is covered through insurance, several fundraisers also benefit the State of the Heart Inpatient Care Center, says Cassie Creech, RN and Care Center Manager.

“There’s our 5K Heart and Sole planned for this Saturday at Eldora Speedway,” Creech said of the April 6 event, and the organization’s annual golf outing will be held this coming June at Stillwater Valley Golf Club.

Darke County’s inpatient service also is seeing more patients from the Mercer County area, Creech said, since a similar inpatient facility closed its doors in VanWert.

Strawser said the “biggest thing is making sure families and patients know we have this service” available for those in need for quality care during what can become a stressful time.

The center offers 24-hour care by a collaborative interdisciplinary team of professionals. Supportive visits by Hospice aides, social workers, chaplains, a board certified music therapist and volunteers.

Once symptoms are managed and if patients are able, they can return to where they are currently residing. There’s no cardiac monitoring and no frequent lab draws while patients are in the inpatient care center.

No one is turned away for the inability to pay for services.

For more information about State of the Heart Hospice Inpatient Care, call 1-800-417-7535 or visit www.stateoftheheartcare.org

PHOTO CAPTION: State of the Heart Executive Director Kristi Strawser, left, accepts a certificate of appreciation from State Representative Susan Manchester for the Inpatient Care Center’s five years of service to the community. (Courtesy Photo)

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