The Hospice of North Iowa Center is located in Mason City, Iowa. The upper level of the historic house is used for offices for the Director, Chief Medical Officer, Manager of Social Support Services, Manager of Nursing and also for fundraising, marketing, and billing.
The west end of the building, known as the carriage house, provides offices for the home care team. Included are Nurses, Social Workers, Hospice Aides, Chaplains, Volunteer Coordinators, Bereavement Coordinators and Clerical staff.
The first floor of the house is used in a variety of ways. A large conference room provides space for staff, volunteer and board meetings. Directly beside this room is a play area for our young visitors which includes many books, puzzles and toys. Also in this area is a refreshment center for families and staff. Coffee, tea and water are provided in addition to a microwave, toaster and refrigerator. You can also find a nice plate of homemade cookies!
The Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit takes up the center portion of the Hospice Center.
Located directly behind the Hospice Center is the Serenity Garden. One of Hospice of North Iowa's (HNI) most important functions is to provide an appealing, soothing, and home-like setting that will reduce the pain and distressing emotions of dying patients and their grieving family members and friends. To help fulfill that function, HNI has developed the Serenity Garden into an inviting, usable, and therapeutic space where patients, families, and staff can relax, stroll, meditate, pray, meet, or simply find quiet solace in observing and interacting with nature.
All of the patient rooms in the Hospice Center have windows facing the back yard, which encompasses approximately one-fourth of a city block. This space has wonderful mature trees, which provide excellent habitat for birds, squirrels, and other small wildlife. Also included are a small water feature, gazebo, pergola and a commemorative brick walkway. Many patients and families are enjoying relaxing and gathering in the garden as it allows them to get away from the stress of the situation at hand.