Hearts for Hospice a Heartwarming Success
Russellville, Ark - More than 100 friends of Arkansas Hospice gathered on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Russellville Country Club for the inaugural Hearts for Arkansas Hospice fundraiser, benefiting the Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home in Russellville.
Dr. Mary Ann Rollans, an early supporter of the home, and Rhonda Horton, community outreach officer for Arkansas Hospice, both spoke about the significance of the River Valley Home, a state-of-the-art, eight-bed inpatient center that provides a warm, home-like setting for patients with life-limiting illnesses. The more than 7,000 square-foot facility, which is Arkansas Hospice’s first free-standing inpatient center, features a private chapel, a gazebo and a covered patio with an outdoor fountain.
More than two dozen area businesses and citizens sponsored Saturday’s event.
“Community support has been with us from the opening of the River Valley Home,” Horton said. “We would not be where we are today without our community leaders and volunteers.”
Arkansas Hospice is a nonprofit organization and the state’s largest provider of hospice care. In addition to its Russellville office and inpatient center, the organization has nine other area offices and inpatient facilities in Little Rock and Hot Springs.
“Having an area office in Russellville that focuses on delivering care to patients where they live, in addition to our inpatient facility in the same community, enables Arkansas Hospice to offer the most complete hospice care of any provider in the area,” Horton, a registered nurse, said.
Horton said that due to the success of this year’s event, plans for a 2019 event to benefit the Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home are already underway.