Darren Doyle, story and photos:
While it was a new business to the Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce, their business is nothing but new as Hospice of Southern Kentucky held a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the Edmonson County Community Center today as they celebrated 40 years of helping families in the region.
"We are so excited to be celebrating 40 years this year, providing hospice care throughout the Barren River District and certainly Edmonson County," said Valerie Landell, CEO.
Landell said that nearly everyone who uses their care says they wished they would have used it sooner.
"There's a lot of misunderstanding around hospice because people think that it's only for the dying days, and while we provide care through the dying days, hospice care is a Medicare benefit that's also covered by most insurances, and it's intended to support the patients and families for the last six months to a year."
Chairperson of the Board Gail Broady said Hospice of SOKY focuses on serving people where they are, not necessarily just their facility located on Scottsville Road.
"That's whether they're at home, assisted living, the nursing home, hospitals, or at the Hospice House in Bowling Green. So when we were looking for a central location to celebrate 40 years, it's sometimes difficult to do that, so we certainly appreciate the Chamber opening their doors and allowing us to do that."
Broady also thanked the employees for their dedication to their services and said she feels the entire group considers it an honor to serve.
"We also want to thank our patients and families that open up their homes for us," she said. "That's not an easy thing to do, to open up your hearts and homes during difficult times. And it's our honor to serve and provide help, support, and kindness."
Edmonson County Chamber Director Greg Hudson thanked the crowd for coming out to today's event.
"Even though it was a rainy day, it was good to see community members come out and support our newest Chamber member," he said. "It's extremely important that we welcome our new members and show support for one another.
Their facility is located at 5872 Scottsville Rd Bowling Green, KY 42104, and they can be reached at (270) 746-9300. You can click here to visit their Facebook Page.