February 20, 2021
Since opening one year ago, Sanford Fargo Hospice House has touched the lives of more than 200 patients and families, providing compassionate in-hospital hospice care that was not previously available in our community.
Their journeys moved 335 donors to give to support the Hospice House since its opening. Thank you for helping bringing dignity and comfort to so many.
One of the families impacted by your support is the Rheault family. In the span of just a couple of weeks, Dennis Rheault lost his wife, Denise, and his sister, Audrey. Dennis said he’s grateful that both of his loved ones were able to spend their final days at Hospice House, and that he was able to be with them at the end as well.
“Denise was in about four different facilities up until this point,” Dennis said. “With COVID and everything, I couldn’t see her. We went through our anniversary, her birthday, and I couldn’t see her at that time. I had to do something different to be able to have family members and everybody else see her.”
“When we first met with Dennis, it was really important to him to know that Denise was in good hands, and that they could visit,” said Liz Weisbrich, Hospice House manager. “That was really important to have family present, both their children and their two beautiful grandsons. That’s what hospice aims to do — support not only the patient, but the family.”
The Hospice House is North Dakota’s first and only in-hospital hospice facility and features 10 spacious patient suites, space for private reflection and prayer in addition to kitchen and dining areas for joyful gatherings.
“She was very comfortable there,” Dennis said about Denise. “The staff just treated her phenomenal. Her life was much better at the end.”
On behalf of all the families who have received the gift of compassionate hospice care over the last year, thank you. It means more than you know.
Reimagine cancer care
Donors can support patient care and services at the Sanford Fargo Hospice House by giving to the Reimagine campaign. Hospice is one of the campaign’s four priorities in support of Sanford’s vision to expand Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center into a national destination for comprehensive cancer care.
100% of every dollar will help deliver compassion, comfort and dignity to patients at all stages of the cancer journey. Learn more at sanfordhealthfoundation.org/reimagine.