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Hospice care with a nonprofit twist

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Chamber Ambassador Paul Smith welcomes Seasons Hospice to Owatonna. Shown in the front next to Smith is Kristina Wright-Peterson, executive director, with Renae Permann and Pam Slocum holding the sign. They are surrounded by other Seasons Hospice employees and chamber ambassadors. Staff photo by Rick Bussler
Seasons Hospice offers in-home care
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Rick Bussler, Publisher

Owatonna Chamber ambassadors officially welcomed Seasons Hospice of Rochester to the Owatonna community at an open house April 25.

Seasons Hospice expanded its in-home care services to Owatonna and Blooming Prairie beginning April 1 offering another option for end-of-life care.

One of the stark differences between Seasons Hospice and other hospice providers is that Seasons operates under the umbrella of a nonprofit organization, according to Kristina Wright-Peterson, executive director. Seasons Hospice was formed in 1996 as a homecare-based program. A year later it added residential hospice care at the Hospice House in Rochester.

“People appreciate that we are a nonprofit,” said Wright-Peterson. “Our profits are reinvested into the patients,” she said, adding the profits are funneled into the Hospice House and special programs like music therapy offered as part of residential or in-home care.

One of the goals of Seasons Hospice is to open the Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna, which closed last year. Wright-Peterson said they will be closely monitoring the referrals from Steele County to determine if it’s warranted to open the Owatonna facility. She added they are working with the board of directors from Owatonna’s Homestead Hospice House, which is also a nonprofit, in hopes of reopening by the end of the year.

Seasons Hospice has found Owatonna to be “extra welcoming” as it launches its services. “Owatonna is a little special,” said Robert Bendzick, one of the board directors for Seasons Hospice. “We need Owatonna, and we hope Owatonna needs us.”

Currently, Seasons Hospice serves 70 patients within 30 to 40-mile radius of Rochester. Wright-Peterson said the organization has the capacity to add 20-30 more patients. “We are willing to grow our team,” she said. “We are a small organization so we can be very nimble.”

Wright-Peterson said Seasons is working on a contract with Benedictine Living in Owatonna to provide hospice services. “It’s a beautiful facility, and we are hopeful and excited for that any day,” she said.

Besides Owatonna, Seasons Hospice is ready to take referrals in Blooming Prairie.

Wright-Peterson said they plan to continue building on their reputation for providing high quality hospice care. “People want to see it done well so we make sure our staff isn’t taking care of too many patients,” she said.

For more information about Seasons Hospice, go to www.seasonshospice.org or call 507-285-1930.

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