JOLIET, Ill. – Illinois House Assistant Majority Leader Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, recently attended the groundbreaking for Joliet Area Community Hospice’s (JACH) facility expansion. Hospice staff, elected officials and community members gathered on April 24 to celebrate the next phase of JACH’s $3.5 million expansion.
“I’d like to congratulate Joliet Area Community Hospice for breaking ground on the expansion of the hospice home,” said Manley. “Last year, I passed legislation to increase the number of beds that hospice homes may have, which has helped Joliet Area Community Hospice to make services available to more people that need them.”
The expansion will improve the patient and family experience with a larger, brighter and more efficient environment. The Hospice home will add more patient beds and the central nursing station will be replaced by nursing cubbies throughout the facility so nurses can be closer to patients. The kitchen and spiritual space will be expanded, and each patient room will have a refrigerator, sink and access to a private patio.
“We gathered here 17 years ago for the first expansion of the facility,” said JACH Board of Directors Chair Geoffery Tyron. “It’s time to refresh due to the need for more inpatient care. It’s a valuable service to the community.”