With great excitement, Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care opened another office in La Junta last month.
As you drive through town, things look pretty normal. Many have begun to work in their yards and the activity on Main Street is at a steady pace. As you drive down Cranston Avenue however, you might notice a change. Since 2012, 124 Cranston has been the wonderful home to Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care. If you take a good look, the large iron sign in front of the house that has stood for many years is no longer present. The departure of the sign however, does not represent the departure of Sangre or the care that they provide. “We are still working out of the office and caring for our neighbors and community members just like we always have,” said Kim Morlan, branch administrator.
With great excitement, Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care opened another office in La Junta last month. “After seeing an increase in patient need and having staff regularly serving the area, it only made sense for us to open the office,” said Tarrah Lowry-Schreiner, president and CEO. “We want to make sure that all of our patients are receiving the highest quality of care possible, and the added facility will allow for quicker response time.” With the new license that had to be obtained in La Junta, however, it is too costly for both facilities to be licensed offices with full staff. “Because we want our dollars to go to our patient care and not overhead costs, we opted to make Fowler our ‘workstation’ and La Junta the fully staffed office,” said Schreiner. The “workstation” will be where Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care staff can work out of while caring for residents of our community. There is, and still will be, a lot of activity at 124 Cranston!
“It’s wonderful to have the flexibility to work out of both offices and see all of my patients in a timely manner,” said Misty Gonzales, MSW. “Not only am I closer to my patients, but I am also able to make more visits in a day. I love that with our new office we are better serving all of Otero, Crowley, Bent, Kiowa and Lincoln counties,” added Misty.
Though the sign may be gone, the work is still being done and Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care continues to provide supportive end-of-life and bereavement care to all of those in need in our community.
Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care
Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care provides comprehensive, compassionate end-of-life and supportive care to all who need it throughout southern Colorado, regardless of their ability to pay. With a philosophy that centers around respect and dignity for each patient, the organization recognizes the uniqueness of everyone it serves and provides them with the highest quality of care and support.