Beloit Health System and Beloit Regional Hospice (BRH) are pleased to announce the finalization of a merger partnership that will further advance compassionate, high-quality care for those with life-limiting illness in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.
Effective January 1, 2016 Beloit Regional Hospice became part of Beloit Health System. The merger solidifies a long-standing partnership between the two organizations who have worked together for many years to provide a continuum of care for the community. Beloit Regional Hospice actually started way back in 1982 as a group of volunteer medical professionals meeting in an office out of Beloit Memorial Hospital, so in a way this merger brings the organization full circle.
Beloit Regional Hospice Executive Director Natasha Weberg said, “We are very excited about the opportunities this partnership will provide. Beloit Regional Hospice and Beloit Health System are equally committed to providing quality care to our patients, partners, and employees. Coming together will allow us to show our continued dedication to quality care and continued loyalty to our stateline community. This will strengthen our competitiveness in the marketplace and ensure that our community is cared for by the ones that 'know you best.'”
Beloit Regional Hospice continues to maintain its name, operational staff, fundraising events, and many dedicated volunteers. Former Beloit Regional Hospice Board President Gene Van Galder and former Board Member Lanny Schimmel join the Beloit Health System Foundation and oversee the endowment fund that will remain designated strictly for Hospice use.
“Beloit Regional Hospice provides an invaluable service to our community. Working together we can offer better-coordinated, comprehensive care for our patients and their families across the continuum of the life cycle,” said Timothy McKevett, President and CEO of the Beloit Health System.
Hospice services are available to any person whose illness has advanced to a point where he or she is no longer seeking life-prolonging care, but rather is seeking comfort and quality of life. Each day, Beloit Regional Hospice care for an average of 65 hospice patients and 50 transitions clients.