By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Jeri Conboy and Greg Sandidge feel that the residents of Hancock County will be better-served by the new location of the Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care services.
The program's Carthage staff is now headquartered in an office in the Hancock County Health Department, 671 Wabash Ave. It was formerly on Adams Street.
"We have a long relationship with the Health Department, utilizing their home health aides, and look forward to continuing this working relationship moving forward," said Conboy, the director of Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care.
Sandidge, the director of information technology and professional services for the Hancock County Health Department, thinks the move is a win-win situation.
"The vast array of resource available from Blessing Hospice to Hancock County residents will be a great benefit," he said. "We look forward to a new era of services ... working together to provide the best care possible for our residents."
Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care has been serving residents of Hancock County for more than two decades, first opening its doors in 1991.
The Hancock County Health Department will host an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. The public is invited to learn more about hospice and meet the staff at the event.
Blessing Hospice offers specialized care for terminally ill people and their loved ones to increase the quality of the patient's remaining life. The care is delivered by the hospice team, which includes physicians, nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors and home health aides, as well as and volunteers who work with the patient, their family and the patient's doctor.
For more information on Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care, call (877) 672-7610 or go to www.blessinghospital.org/hospice.