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HPH Hospice to close Hudson center this month

HUDSON — Now that its new hospice care center is open, HPH Hospice will close its 10‑suite care center in Hudson this month.

The Hudson location, opened in 2007, was always intended to be temporary, communications director Robin Kocher said. The nonprofit agency had intended to build a facility on donated land in Hernando but had to scrap those plans because of flooding concerns.

The agency eventually acquired property on State Road 50 in Spring Hill for a new 24-suite hospice care center.

The Hudson location was opened as a temporary site to relieve the over-capacity Marliere Hospice Care Center in New Port Richey, and the at-capacity interim Hernando Hospice Care Center in Brooksville, hospice officials said.

While the Marliere center in New Port Richey is licensed for 48 patients, its 24 rooms are intended to be private except in emergencies.

"At the time, we had several rooms with two patients and our Brooksville center was consistently at capacity," HPH president and chief executive officer Tom Barb said in a news release. "Opening the Hudson location was a temporary solution to provide our patients with the best quality care while we waited for the larger Spring Hill location to be built."

The Hudson Hospice Care Center is a leased facility, located at 7210 Beacon Woods Drive in a private wing of Bayonet Point Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hudson. It will stop accepting new patients Sunday.

The 24-suite Marliere Hospice Care Center in New Port Richey and the 16-suite Hospice Care Center in Dade City will continue to serve Pasco County residents who need short-term, round-the-clock acute hospice care without concerns for bed availability. The newly constructed Hernando Hospice Care Center in Spring Hill now adequately meets the needs of Hernando County residents, HPH officials said.

Any patients remaining in the Hudson Hospice Care Center on the closing date will be transferred to another HPH Care Center of their choice, according to Barb. However, patients who are too fragile to be moved will be allowed to remain until they die or are stabilized, Kocher said. As of Friday, four patients were at the Hudson facility.

The seven full-time and five part-time HPH staff employed at the Hudson Hospice Care Center will be offered positions in other HPH locations.

HPH was initially licensed in 1984 and serves individuals and families affected by a life-limiting illness in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties regardless of their ability to pay.

HPH Hospice to close Hudson center this month 05/07/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 7, 2010 7:16pm]
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