On Feb. 5, 2020, donors, staff and members of the local Chamber of Commerce came together for a ribbon cutting at the Sanford Fargo Hospice House.

Sanford opens North Dakota’s first in-hospital hospice

February 25, 2020

On Feb. 5, the Sanford Fargo Hospice House — North Dakota’s first in-hospital hospice facility — officially opened its doors. The day marked the beginning of a long legacy of love, comfort and compassion, made possible by donor support for the Reimagine campaign.

“I want to thank the people today that provided financial support to help make this project a reality,” said Brittany Montecuollo, vice president of operations at Sanford, as she addressed a gathering of donors, staff and members of the local Chamber of Commerce at a public ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Giving back to Sanford through our Foundation is a storied tradition in our 100-year history that is so special. That connection we have to the greater good is what helps make strong communities and provides services at Sanford that may otherwise not be possible.”

Char Zaeske (left) celebrated the ribbon cutting on Feb. 5 with Amy Ruley, a major gift officer for the Foundation.

Char Zaeske (left) celebrated the ribbon cutting on Feb. 5 with Amy Ruley, a major gift officer for the Foundation. 

The day was especially meaningful for Zaeske, who is a generous supporter of the Reimagine campaign and sponsored a room in the hospice house to honor the memory of her late husband. She wishes a similar option had been available to him when he needed it.

 

INSIDE SANFORD FARGO HOSPICE HOUSE

The new hospice house is located on the second floor of the Sanford Broadway Medical Center in the former palliative care wing.

Designed with the entire family in mind, it features 10 spacious patient suites, space for private reflection and prayer in addition to kitchen and dining areas for joyful gatherings.

Services provided:

  • Spiritual care
  • 24-hour nursing care
  • Social services
  • Respite care to give the caregiver a break for up to five days a month
  • Bereavement support for up to one year
  • Integrative and holistic care focused on body, mind and spirit

Accommodations:

  • 10 spacious patient suites
  • Kitchen and dining areas where families can dine together
  • Quiet rooms for private prayer, meditation and reflection
  • 2 consult rooms
  • Shower and laundry facilities

Four levels of care:

Hospice patients may require different intensities of care at different times. With the opening of the Sanford Fargo Hospice House, Sanford now provides all four levels of care delivered by the same medical team that patients and families know and trust.

1. Routine home care

Provides care at the patient’s residence.

2. Continuous home care

Provides care for eight to 24 hours a day to manage pain and other acute medical symptoms.

3. Inpatient respite care

Provides up to five days a month of temporary relief to the patient’s primary caregiver.

4. General inpatient care

Provides for pain control or other acute symptom management that cannot feasibly be provided in other settings.

REIMAGINE CANCER CARE

Donors have the opportunity to 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.

Every dollar will help deliver compassion, comfort and dignity to patients at all stages of the cancer journey. Learn more at sanfordhealthfoundation.org/reimagine.