Mercy Home Health and Hospice shares update at Chamber Coffee

Mercy Home Health and Hospice gave an update of their services during the weekly Chamber Coffee event Thursday, sharing about their history and accomplishments as well as an upcoming event they are providing to the community.

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Community Relations Coordinator Michelle LeChevalier-Szabo said the home health care has been provided to those within an approximate 50-mile radius of Fort Scott since 1976.

For four years, LeChevalier-Szabo said the home health care has made the elite recognition list in its field in the United States, making the top 25 percent of such services. It has also earned four out of five stars for its care when the average for the country is three stars.

“They do a great job of providing high-quality and passionate care,” LeChevalier-Szabo said of the health care employees, which with the hospice care include nurses, physical therapists, social workers, chaplains and outpatient service providers.

The hospice care came along much more recently as it celebrates four years in Fort Scott this summer.

“The team provides really high quality, exceptional service and compassionate care to families and the patients,” LeChevalier-Szabo said, despite the fact they are dealing with families in the midst of a difficult time in their lives.

Mercy Home Health and Hospice is also partnering with Mercy Hospital, Kansas Legal Services, Country Place Senior Living and other local vendors for the National Healthcare Decisions Day event to be held at the Fort Scott Community College Friday, April 15.

“It’s a tough topic and people kind of shy away from it,” LeChevalier-Szabo said, adding their event explores those topics in a fun and informational environment.

But LeChevalier-Szabo said it is important for individuals to know what their options are so their wishes can be honored and so they can appoint someone to speak on their behalf in the event the individual is unable to do so for them self.

The event will provide information and an opportunity to ask questions as it addresses topics such as planning for health care, establishing wishes concerning one’s medical decisions before a crisis arises and other topics including exercise and dementia through a virtual dementia tour.

An attorney, physician, personal trainer and masseuse will be on hand to provide information and services.

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Other upcoming events in Fort Scott in April include:

  • The Young Professionals League will host a networking event during their April meeting Friday at Papa Don’s at noon.
  • Fort Scott Community College is hosting a jazz concert with artist Branford Marsalis Thursday, April 7. Tickets are still available.
  • The 2nd Story Festival of Arts and Ideas will be held in Fort Scott April 8-9, with an entrepreneurial event and panel discussion held Friday evening and pottery, water-color, photography, culinary and book-publishing workshops being held Saturday as well as a guest speaker discussing the business of art.
  • The annual Fort Scott Home Show will be held at the Arnold Arena April 8-9, with events being held 5-8 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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