Sunset Retirement Communities joins Emmanuel Hospice


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Sunset Retirement Communities & Services — a nonprofit provider of residences and services for senior adults in Jenison and surrounding communities — is joining Emmanuel Hospice, which was organized recently by St. Ann’s, Porter Hills Retirement Communities & Services and Clark Retirement Community.

Sunset has historically had a close affiliation with the Reformed and Christian Reformed churches, while St. Ann’s is affiliated with the Catholic faith, Porter Hills with the Presbyterian church and Clark with the United Methodist faith.

Emmanuel Hospice will be an ecumenical provider serving people of all faiths, and is a faith-based organization created last February.

In making the announcement about the historic partnership of the different religious organizations, Emmanuel Hospice Board President James S. Brady said Sunset is welcome “as a valuable partner in providing faith-based, end-of-life services to people of all religious affiliations throughout West Michigan. The need for hospice services will only increase with an ever growing older population, and with Sunset, Emmanuel will be able to reach more of those who will need our services.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased about joining with these premier providers in Emmanuel Hospice,” said Chad Tuttle, CEO of Sunset. “This is a continuation of our mission and will complete the care continuum available to Sunset’s constituents.”

Judy Baker, who serves on Sunset’s board and is also on the nursing faculty at Calvin College, will be joining Emmanuel Hospice’s Governance Board of Directors.

Emmanuel Hospice is a nonprofit hospice organization jointly owned by the four organizations, with St. Ann’s being the majority owner. Emmanuel Hospice has established a governing board with representatives from each of the four owners, as well as individuals selected from the greater Grand Rapids community.

Emmanuel Hospice will use an inter-disciplinary team to provide a range of holistic, end-of-life care. 

  • Medical Services
  • Coordination of care with primary care physicians
  • Personal care services
  • Pain management
  • Spiritual care
  • Bereavement
  • Social services
  • Volunteer services

The hospice will be a community-based service provider, caring for people wherever they are at the end of life.

“(The) spirit and intent of hospice is to care for people where they are physically — and that usually means in their own home — as well as emotionally and spiritually,” Brady said.

The four joint venture partners anticipate Emmanuel Hospice to be able to serve a limited number of people beginning this spring or summer, until full licensure and certification is obtained. More information will be provided when Emmanuel obtains full licensure.

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