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Grand Opening for the first dedicated hospice facility in Rutherford County

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Nonprofit Alive Hospice will hold a Grand Opening for The Residence at Alive Hospice - Murfreesboro NEXT THURSDAY, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. The afternoon will include compelling visuals and audio with a celebratory butterfly release, ribbon-cutting ceremony, a musical tribute by hit songwriter Tim Nichols (one of the songwriters behind Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying") and remarks from Alive Hospice leaders.
This will be a community celebration for Alive Hospice's new Murfreesboro Residence. Those in attendance will include state and local leaders; donors who made the facility possible with their financial support; families who will remember loved ones with a special memorial butterfly release; members of the community at large; and Alive Hospice leaders, staff and volunteers.
Alive Hospice has provided home hospice care for terminally ill patients and their families in Rutherford and surrounding counties for 15 years. The Rutherford County community asked Alive Hospice for a dedicated hospice facility so that patients who need a team of hospice specialists only footsteps away can have such a facility within minutes of home. Patients needing a hospice facility have had to use Alive Hospice's facilities in Nashville. This new facility will give patients at a critical time of life the comfort of knowing they are near to the people they love, in a facility built especially with their needs in mind, when they are unable to receive care in their own homes.

WHAT: Grand Opening and Dedication of The Residence At Alive Hospice - Murfreesboro, the first dedicated hospice facility in Rutherford County.
WHEN: NEXT THURSDAY, May 25 at 5:30 p.m.
Program:
  • Welcome from Dr. Warren McPherson, Chair, Alive Hospice Board of Directors
  • Invocation
  • Musical tribute: "Live Like You Were Dying," performed by songwriter Tim Nichols (one of the co-writers of this Tim McGraw hit)
  • Remarks from Alive Hospice President and CEO Anna-Gene O'Neal
  • Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
  • Mass butterfly release to celebrate the Grand Opening (great visuals of children opening the butterfly basket!)
  • Memorial Butterfly Release for families remembering loved ones
  • Tours
Background:
  • Alive Hospice broke ground on the new facility in August 2017.
  • It was designed by Earl Swensson Associates and Smith Seckman Reid and built by general contractor Turner Construction.
  • Alive Hospice anticipates serving around 200 patients and their families in the facility's first 12 months
  • The facility's first patients are anticipated to be admitted in June.
  • The Residence at Alive Hospice - Murfreesboro is a 10-bed facility for hospice patients and their families.
  • It is specially designed to serve the special needs of terminally ill patients (those with a life expectancy of 6 months or less) and their families.
  • Amenities include 10 spacious patient rooms (with hide-a-beds so that loved ones can stay overnight), architectural features that let in lots of natural light, a meditation room, a dining room, a family living room with a saltwater aquarium, a central courtyard with a bubbling boulder, and an art gallery.
  • Patients of all ages from infants and children to centenarians will receive care at The Residence at Alive Hospice Murfreesboro.
  • The facility will also be the home base of Alive Hospice's Murfreesboro-based home care team.
  • Alive Hospice's Murfreesboro grief center will move there as well and has expanded from one counselor to two counselors who specialize in grief support for adults and children.
  • Additionally, the facility has a community room for educational events throughout the year to help families learn and actively plan for the end of life. Upcoming program topics include Hospice 101, Grief and Loss, Hospice Misconceptions, Advance Care Planning in 7 Steps, and more.
Alive Hospice is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit health care provider. Founded in 1975, Alive Hospice was the first hospice in Tennessee and the Southeast and one of the nation's earliest. Today, Alive Hospice serves 12 Middle Tennessee counties with compassionate care at the end of life, grief counseling for adults and children, and community education. For more information, visit AliveHospice.org or call 615-327-1085.
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