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Community Open House Planned for New Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center - Archived
(STEVENSVILLE) – Community members are invited to tour the new Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center on Thursday, October 3, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The facility is in the Hanson Care Park, located at 4382 Cleveland Avenue in Stevensville, just south of Glenlord Road.

About the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center
Thanks to the generous support of our community, the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center is now a reality. The residence is the first of its kind in Berrien County. Currently, patients and families needing hospice care in a specialized hospice setting must relocate to Holland, Kalamazoo, or South Bend.

The residence is a special place where caregivers provide compassionate and comprehensive hospice residence services to our community’s friends, families, and neighbors who need a place to go to make the most of the precious time they have.

The dedicated care will meet the needs of people:
  • who do not have a caregiver
  • whose caregivers are too frail themselves
  • who do not want to die at home
  • who have specialized needs and care requirements
Built for Comfort and Living Well
Inside the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center, warm and homelike touches will help provide comfort to people and their loved ones.
  • Sixteen private and spacious suites with thoughtful design elements such as accommodations for family to stay overnight and floor-to-ceiling windows for views to nature
  • Screened-in porches, patios, and a pavilion large enough for wheelchairs or patient beds
  • Visitors welcome 24 hours a day, including pets
  • Large and small gathering rooms for conversation and comfort, including a relaxing Great Room and Family Rooms with kitchens
  • Beautiful and peaceful Reflection Room for prayer, meditation, and quiet contemplation
  • Private spa tub room and massage therapy services
  • Showering and laundry facilities for families
The Care Team at the Hanson Hospice Center
People receive 24-hour care from the on-site team. In addition to any community-based healthcare providers that may visit patients at the center, our team includes:
  • A physician
  • Registered and licensed practical nurses
  • Hospice aides
  • A social worker
  • A spiritual care coordinator
  • Hospice associates and volunteers
  • Massage therapist
  • Bereavement support
  • Other therapists as needed
How Community Members May Help
Gifts of any amount to the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center are greatly appreciated. For more information about supporting the hospice residence, contact Hospice at Home at (269) 429-7100 or the Lakeland Health Foundations at (269) 927-5143. For more information about the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center, visit

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