The mission of Florida Hospital HospiceCare is to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients and those who love them.
The month of April 2012 marked the five year anniversary of the opening of Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House at Florida Hospital Flagler. Its creation did not occur overnight.
In July 2001,Hammock Dunes friends of Stuart Meyer met to discuss a project that would honor his life, a life which was lost to cancer. Stuart’s wife Doris shared his dream of an end-of-life care facility here in Flagler County. The dream did not die with Stuart, it was brought to life with his passing.
An Action Committee was established and it went to work. The founding group included Dr. Becki Melton (Stuart’s physician), Doris Meyer (Stuart’s spouse), Stephanie Neal, Elmer Stainbrook, Sally Stockman and Jerry Tranzow. Later it expanded with the addition of Brenda Haley, Tom Heilman, Mike Palmer, Tony Papandrea and Louanne Vardakas.
An Action Committee mission statement was established– . “By affiliating with an existing hospice care program we
will establish an expandable inpatient hospice facility in Flagler County which will be available to all in need of end of-life services, regardless of their ability to pay.”
From November 2001 to July 2002, the committee structure was developed. After discussions with Florida Hospital Memorial Health System, a collaborate effort to establish the committee goal was met with agreement . The Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House Executive Committee was in place.
The Executive Committee was introduced to Memorial Foundation Executive Director, Kent Ryan, in July 2002. With his hospice representation on the committee, the group truly became an instrument of action. Specific subcommittee areas of responsibility were established. Job assignments were placed. The scope of the project was determined. Existing hospice care facilities were visited. A commitment to raise $2,500,000 was pledged.
Doris Meyer hosted the first fundraising event at her residence in May 2002. Over 100 invitees attended to hear the presentations. Over the next three years, numerous events took place for the benefit of the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House project. These included golf tournaments, black-tie galas, private house parties, restaurant special events, memorial brick purchases, fashion shows, bazaars, motorcycle runs, ocean runs, holiday card sales, craft fairs, recipe book sales and social club gatherings. The importance of the community contribution to the establishment of the Hospice House cannot be overstated.
Construction of hospice care facility began in the Spring of 2006 on property donated by Florida Hospital Flagler. On April 12, 2007- the Grand Opening of the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House was celebrated with a community reception. Through partnership, the Flagler County Community and Florida Hospital Memorial Health System established a much needed end-of-life care facility. The final cost of construction was near $4,000,000. The contributions from those who had the project in their hearts exceeded the $2,500,000 goal.
Pat yourselves on the back for helping make this fifth anniversary happen.
Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House and The Memorial Medical Hospice Center
Community support is vital to our growth and future sustainability. You can help with cash gifts, stocks, charitable gift annuities and bequests. The Foundation honors pledges and accepts credit cards.