The north coast’s only specialized end of life care facility, the Ida Emmerson Hospice House, opened in October of 2016. “The vision and development of this project have been in the works for six years and it would never have been possible without the tremendous community support we have received,” says Joe Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of Hospice of Humboldt.
“I hope the community will come see this special place built to serve patients and families at end of life. I believe it’s a gift to the community, an extension of our mission and will provide access to quality care to more local residents,” says Rogers.
Features of Patient Rooms
Private patient rooms include a state of the art medical bed, a recliner for use by the patient or a family member spending the night, a television, an armoire, and a bedside table. Each room has a private bathroom.
Artwork Donations by Local Artists
Many local artists and photographers have offered their work to grace the Hospice House. Many of them generously contacted artist friends to donate as well as giving their own works. Donors include:
Thomas Allen Bethune
Kellie Jo Brown
Pamela Hunt Cone
Kay Harden, who donated her own work as well as pieces from her collection, with works from Mary V. Anderson, Larry Eifert, Shawn Griggs, Geta Hershberger, Jim Lowry, Curtis Otto and George VanHook.
Claire Iris Schenke
Lorraine Miller Wolfe
Open Heart Quilters Donate Quilts to the Hospice House
The Open Heart Quilters made by hand fourteen quilts and donated to the Hospice House for use on patient beds. The group came together in 1996 for the sole purpose of making quilts to give to nonprofits; since then they have given away 102 quilts. The Open Heart Quilters are Joan Sanborn, Jill Gallagher, Jenni Simpson, Jan Werner, Mary Lou Bertolini, Marianne Cipolla, Merry Phillips, Lu Magnuson, Laura Sullivan, Susan Fowler, Sarah Jordan, Sherri Greene, Bette Berg, Dana Jones, Carilyn Goldhammer, Pam Tuson, with some occasional help from Sunshine Lee, Tim O’Leary, and other unsuspecting visiting family and friends that just happen to arrive on “quilt day” and get dragged along to help .hand stitch a binding down. As these quilters say, “There is no acceptable excuse to not hold a needle and thread.”