Family connections to McLeod Health are at the very heart of Dan and Susan Guyton’s generous support of the McLeod Foundation.
Following in his late father, Dr. Eugene D. Guyton’s footsteps, Dr. Dan Guyton, a retired Urologist, has served in a number of Medical Staff leadership roles at McLeod including Chief of Staff. In these roles, he has been an integral part of the direction and movement to quality improvement that has evolved from the Clinical Effectiveness initiatives. He also serves on the McLeod Health Board of Trustees. Through this work, he is aware of the many programs that must be funded through charitable support. It is this knowledge that led Dan and Susan to become dedicated donors to the McLeod Foundation.
Last year, one particular area of support began to take on new meaning for their family.
The Guyton’s were well aware of the value of hospice care as their family was supported by McLeod Hospice with both of Dan’s parents well before there was a Hospice House. When they learned that the McLeod Hospice House needed additional rooms, they were quick to respond and generously made a commitment to this project which is recognized in memory of Susan’s father, Elmer Chasteen.
This past year, Dr. Steve Ross spoke to Susan and her sisters, Beth Stokes and Jean Morris, about their mother, Nadine Barrett. He felt the time had come for them to consider hospice care. In working with McLeod Hospice the sisters learned that the Hospice House offered Residential Care.
Residential Care is an option for patients on a limited basis as rooms are available. This level of care differs from Acute Inpatient Care in that the residential patient is medically stable. The environment at the Hospice House also provides both the patient and family comfort and peace of mind.
Susan shares that the Hospice House offers a feeling of peace when you walk in the door. “You are immediately embraced by a staff that wants to meet every need.” The family found the spacious rooms allowed them to spend precious moments with their mother and grandmother. They were able to welcome friends who visited as well as take advantage of the beautiful weather by rolling Nadine’s bed onto the room’s private patio. Surrounded by her loving family and supported by the professional McLeod Hospice staff, Nadine spent her final days in a calm and peaceful environment that was made possible by donors like the Guyton’s.
Dan and Susan add that this compassionate care is why they give to the McLeod Foundation – so other families can experience the same blessings that they did.