Hospice
  • Hospice

    Each of us is unique. We enter this world in a unique way and will leave it in our own way. At St. John's, we believe hospice is not a “place to come to die,” but rather a philosophy through which whatever remains of this life may be lived to its fullest.  

    St. John's Hospice program  

    • Provides compassionate, specialized care to terminally ill patients and their families.
    • Offers a team of physicians, registered nurses, medical social workers, supportive and spiritual counselors, personal care assistants, physical, occupational and speech therapists, registered dietitians and volunteers working together to provide individualized, compassionate care.
    • Offers support for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family.
    • Relieves anxiety by providing information to the patient and family about what to expect as the illness progresses.

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    Hospice Care  

    • May be provided in the home or in the Hospice Inpatient Facility.
    • Provides medically managed pain and symptom control.

    Hospice Admission Criteria  

    • Diagnosis of a terminal illness due to any disease for which curative treatment is no longer sought.
    • Reside within the service area if care at home is to be provided.
    • Order of the attending physician.

    Hospice Services Include  

    • Coordination of all hospice services.
    • An health care team specially trained in providing hospice care.
    • Registered nurses on call 24 hours per day.
    • Insurance/reimbursement verification.
    • Counseling, volunteer and bereavement support.
    • Respite care available on inpatient unit.

    If you or someone you know is facing a terminal illness, contact the Hospice Program at St. John’s Hospital.

    For additional information, call (217) 535-3899 (Springfield) or (217) 464-3800 (Decatur).

    St. John’s Hospice Program is Medicare Certified and licensed by the State of Illinois. The Program is a member of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.