When Dixie's mother, Lucy, became terminally ill, her family had plans to make her comfortable at home as long as possible. One morning, when Lucy felt very ill, the family decided to take her to the Emergency Department at Sturgis Regional Hospital, where she was transferred to a hospice suite.
"Every day we were working toward the goal of taking her home with us, and that didn't happen," explained Dixie. "The hospice nurses and staff were amazing. They took care of our mother and they took care of us."
"It's a great honor to be able to take care of patients in hospice," said Brenda, one of the nurses who cared for Lucy. "We aspire to make our patients and their families as comfortable as possible."
Brenda understands their needs firsthand. She was called to the nursing profession after her daughter became terminally ill and passed away at age 15.
"Before I was a nurse, I was a hair stylist and I was able to do Lucy's hair for many years," said Brenda. "When people are in this situation, I know what it feels like and how important and valuable it is to give them exceptional care."
Dixie noted how thankful her mother was to see Brenda's familiar face.
"My mother got a big smile on her face when she saw Brenda, and I was so grateful for her presence," Dixie said. "Brenda and the rest of the team were compassionate, kind, and completely selfless. I would recommend this place to anybody."
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