With the gifting of the Greenville Hospital hospice program to St. Francis Hospice, they along with Hospice House of Greenville are poised to lead the community into a new era of hospice and end-of-life care, and St. Francis will do so with a new name.
 
Open Arms Hospice, A Ministry of Bon Secours St. Francis Health    System has been formally approved by the local St. Francis Board of Directors along with the Sisters of Bon Secours Health System.  The name was officially effective on July 17, 2006.
 
“This name change to Open Arms conveys the very essence of who we are and how we feel about the care that we offer,” says Jim Rogers, Director of  Open Arms Hospice and St. Francis HomeCare.  “As we anticipate the opening of Greenville County’s first free-standing hospice facility, we wanted our name to communicate a powerful statement of our mission and values.  Everyone who hears this has a very positive reaction to this change.”
 
St. Francis Hospice will continue to use both the old and new names in communication pieces over the next few weeks as they establish the change in the community.  St. Francis HomeCare will retain its current name.
 
Jim Rogers goes on to say, “Extensive planning has gone into this facility —the McCall Hospice House of Greenville—to ensure that the surroundings  present as supportive environment as possible for patients and their families.  Changing our name to Open Arms Hospice is just one more touch we are adding to include everyone in the Hospice House.”
 
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