Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:46 am (Updated: May 30, 6:10 pm) Sumter County Times, Florida
Lane Purcell Hospice House cares for seriously-ill Sumter area patients
Serving Sumter County and the surrounding areas, Lane Purcell Hospice House in Sumterville has been caring for seriously-ill patients since March 2009. “As with all four of our hospice houses in Lake and Sumter, the Lane Purcell Hospice House has rooms with a flat screen TV and an enclosed lanai. The home-like environment provides an extremely comfortable yet professionally staffed home for patients requiring interim, specialized care until they can go home,” explained Cornerstone Hospice CEO Mary Manrique.
Named in memory of Lane Purcell, a prominent Sumter county businessman, philanthropist and community leader, this hospice house is now the fourth such facility built by Cornerstone Hospice. Lane Purcell was the owner of the Lane Purcell Funeral Home in Bushnell and died in a tragic vehicular accident in 2005. His wife Cheryl and their grown children cut the ceremonial ribbon when the Lane Purcell Hospice House was showcased to the general public at a grand opening in December 2008.
The Lane Purcell Hospice House is located at 2452 C.R. 526 in East Sumterville. The facility is on the edge of Lake-Sumter Community College grounds.
“The devotion, nursing care and compassion which all extended with such love and dignity to Michele during her suffering was a source of great comfort to Michele and to me. While all the nurses and staff took such great care of Michele, they also comforted me many times during a time when it broke my heart to be unable to halt the progression of her MS. At Lane Purcell Hospice House everybody tried to comfort me when the going got really rough – and yes, all of us had a good laugh once in a while, because there were moments when my daughter’s great sense of humor cheered all of us up. When the end came on December 31, 2011, Michele was finally free, but as long as she was under the care of Cornerstone Hospice she was loved and cared for.”
Cornerstone CEO Mary Manrique commented that the design features of both the Lane Purcell Hospice House and the Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont have attracted the attention of foundation advisory board members from our other coverage areas who are exploring the possibilities of hospice houses in their regions. “At Lane Purcell Hospice House the water fountain and gazebo in the courtyard, visible from the patients’ rooms, are especially comforting features,” said Manrique.
“Simply put, I could not have asked for a better environment for my mom and I truly felt that the hospice house had hired “earthly angels” to care for her until God sent His angels to take her home. I am so grateful my family had a hospice house like Lane Purcell in Sumter County.” Wheeler continues, “Even though mom could not say much nor do much in her last week at the hospice house, she would have a warm smile for staff members which meant the world to me. To see how quickly she had formed a heartfelt bond with the staff was so comforting. Whatever she needed or wanted, they provided. No hesitation...no complaints...no worries. They not only availed themselves to mom, but to me as well. They kept me informed, provided emotional comfort and allowed me to talk through feelings that I had as well. At times, I felt like I was receiving more care than I could or should ever ask for as I was not the patient in the bed. The house was clean, beautiful, staffed with wonderful staff who truly understand their roles and the need of the patient and the patient’s family during such a difficult time.”
Nonprofit Cornerstone Hospice Chaplain Angelo Cruz 'Sein (right) who originally married the couple in 2007, at the request of patient LIncoln O. Watson (center) performs a renewal of wedding vows ceremony on May 24th at Lane Purcell Hospice House in Sumterville. Ms. Ruby Watson (left) listens to the proceedings of the ceremony by Chaplain Cruz 'Sein.
Admitted to Lane Purcell Hospice House only last week, patient Lincoln “Red” O. Watson asked for Cornerstone Hospice chaplain and bereavement and spiritual care counselor Angelo Cruz ‘Sein to reaffirm his wedding vows to his wife Ruby Watson. The Watsons, married on July 4, 2007, have five children from their prior marriages: Michael of Plant City; Anthony of Wildwood; Amy also of Wildwood; Joey of Enterprise, Alabama; and Dusty of Summerfield Lake near The Villages.
Retired U.S. Navy veteran Dan Boone will observe next week his third year as a Hospice volunteer, serving as a Lane Purcell Hospice House greeter and front desk receptionist on Mondays and Tuesdays. Boone also has respite duties with three Cornerstone Hospice patients. ".......this allows the caregivers an opportunity to go for groceries, pick up medicines, run some errands, while I keep company and engage in conversation with patients", says Boone, who served his nation thirteen years in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the anti-submarine aircraft carrier USS Wasp in the Mediterranian, as well as recovering the NASA space capsules for the Gemini flights 4, 6, 7, 9 and 12, and later deployed to the Pacific aborad the USS McMorris.
The Lane Purcell Hospice House is part of the nonprofit Cornerstone Hospice community healthcare organization providing medical, emotional, spiritual, and personal care services for patients and families facing serious, complex illness. In April 2008 Hospice of Lake & Sumter name was changed to Cornerstone Hospice to be more reflective of the geography of the several counties served by the organization. Since 1984, Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care has provided care and services to central Florida residents experiencing life-limiting illnesses and accept Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurances. To learn more, call (352)343-1341 or toll-free 888-728-6234 or visit www.cornerstonehospice.org as well as www.SeriousIllness.org/Cornerstone.
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