Marymount University Hospital & Hospice is a healthcare facility which provides two distinct services. The elderly care facility provides respite care, intermediate palliative care and continuing care for older people and Marymount Hospice provides care to patients with progressive illness, both cancer and non-cancer, at a time when pain or other symptom issues need addressing. Patients on active treatment may benefit from a short term admission for symptom control and rehabilitation. Support is offered to families facing loss or who are bereaved. This Hospice is the only in-patient Hospice in the Cork and Kerry region serving a population of 600,000 people.
Marymount moved to its €56 million purpose built state of the art facility at Curraheen in 2011 with over €30 million being raised by the people of Cork. The new facility provides 44 specialist palliative care beds, accommodation for the community palliative care team and full educational and library resources. There are 63 elderly care beds and a day care facility on campus. The cost of providing this service is met by a combination of state funding and, increasingly, by donated funds and that’s where The Friends of Marymount come in. The Friends which are a fantastic group of 34 volunteers founded in 1980 who raise funds to enhance the hospital and hospice, and to benefit the patients and their families. Every year The Friends are given and meet a target of over €2 million which has to be raised to keep the hospital and hospice running. Last year, these donated funds cared for 564 in-patients, 107 daycare patients and a staggering 1039 patients were seen in their homes by the clinical nurse specialists from the community palliative care team. The Marymount Bereavement and family support team who prepare for, and help families through their loss supported 89 families whose children were under the age of 18. They also run a programme for bereaved children and facilitate a support group for young widowed persons.