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Hospice Advantage to open in Alex City

Published 12:41pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

A new business will open in Queen’s Attic sometime this January.

Hospice Advantage of East Alabama Medical Center will soon have a satellite office in Alexander City.

“We’re very excited about becoming part of Alexander City,” said Sheri Burdell, administrator for Hospice Advantage EAMC and Bethany House. “We’ve always had patients here, but we felt to have a strong presence we needed a staff and office here.”

Burdell said the exact opening date is contingent on when the state is available to perform the office inspection, but hiring for the location has already begun.

“We want a base of people that live in the area to provide care to our patients,” Burdell said. “We want a staff that’s familiar with this area.”

Burdell said in addition to staff members, Hospice Advantage is also seeking local volunteers.

“We want to build our volunteer base,” Burdell said. “Anyone is welcome to volunteer. We value our volunteers highly.”

Burdell said volunteers undergo training and can help in a variety of ways including doing office work, reading and just providing company to patients.

“We need people to be a companion to our patients,” Burdell said. “Not every (patient) has family or adequate family to sit by their bedside all the time.”

Burdell said anyone interested in volunteering can contact volunteer coordinator ShaKoya Harvey at 334-826-1899.

“We’ve always been here and serious about good care,” Burdell said. “We want to be community minded and be a part of Alexander City.”

For more information about Hospice Advantage, visit their website at www.hospiceadvantage.com.

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