The Keith and District Hospital officially opened its brand new Palliative Care Family Suite in front of a large crowd on Thursday.
Through a generous donation from the Mary Potter Foundation, the hospital was able to develop plans and ultimately build a palliative care suite for people and their families from Keith.
The Mary Potter Foundation, a South Australian charity, has been in place since 1987 when it was recognised that the Mary Potter Hospice could not survive without community donations and support.
Keith Hospital representatives said they felt privileged to be chosen for a grant to ensure the mission of the Mary Potter Foundation is recreated and spread among the Keith community.
Jenny Hurley, former Keith resident and now patron for the Mary Potter Foundation, was on hand to cut the ribbon to officially open the suite, saying: “It’s exciting to be able to give the Keith community the opportunity to have their loved ones around them in their time of need.”
Foundation chair Danny Watson was also on hand at the ceremony and said: “It’s great that now family members do not have to travel to Adelaide, they can stay in their familiar surroundings.”
The suite features a main palliative care room for a patient, a multi-functional spare room for occasions where there is more than one patient in need of palliative care and a two bedroom room for families who are staying with their loved ones.
“I wish to thank everyone who has contributed to developing this beautiful palliative care suite,” said Keith and District Hospital Board chair Janet Allen.
“In particular the Mary Potter Foundation for seeding the idea, and then being the major funder. It is a quiet, peaceful and dignified area that will be supported by our wonderful staff.
“As a board we have worked hard to develop a strategic plan that keeps KDH relevant to the needs of the community and this palliative care unit is part of this plan.”
Mrs Allen thanked everyone involved in making the palliative care suite become a reality.