We are excited to announce our new location at 7100 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo.
In the summer of 2019, Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan (HCSWM) purchased the building located at 7100 Stadium Drive in Oshtemo Township. We then began the process of designing a space as unique as HCSWM. Renovation continued through 2020 and weathered the pandemic. We are happy to announce our building has been completed. Once the weather allows, the landscape will be installed.
An Ideal Location for All
The location is easy to access from both I-94 and US-131, making it ideal for our clinical staff who spend so much of their time on the road. With 24,000 square feet to work with we have been very intentional in the design of the space, making sure to include plenty of space for our anticipated continued growth for years to come.
Our new office allows us to come back together in one location. Many departments were housed in our Oakland Drive location as we grew. Now together, we are able to function more efficiently to better serve our community.
Growth Continues Throughout Southwest Michigan
Our presence in other counties in Southwest Michigan also continues to grow. Currently, we have two satellite offices to help provide support to our staff. One is located in Battle Creek and the other is located in Paw Paw where we recently moved to a larger location to help facilitate the need for more space. This new office is located at 1035 East Michigan Ave., Suite B. It is easy to access and has great exposure for the community to see us.
The Need for Hospice Services Continues to Grow
In our hospice program alone we saw over a 10% increase in the last year. This trend in the need for our services is projected to continue to rise as we see trends in the growth of our aging population. The number of Americans aged 65+ is expected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060. Further, the percentage of people aged 65 and older will increase from 16% to 23%.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, home is now the most common place people are choosing to spend their final days of life, outpacing hospital deaths for the first time in more than half a century. From 2003 to 2017, researchers found that the percentage of people dying at home increased from 23.8% to 30.7%. At the same time, deaths that occurred in hospitals fell from 39.7% in 2003, to 29.8% in 2017. We care for our clients where they want to be and that is most often at home with their loved ones.
As a result of these upward trends in the field and in the number of clients entrusted to our care, we have grown (and are still growing) our staff significantly. Visit: https://www.hospiceswmi.org/careers/
This adventure has been a long time coming, and we can’t wait to see what changes and opportunities come from this next step toward our future.