Johnson County woman talks importance of Hospice as organization makes cuts

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

MEALLY, Ky (WYMT) - Changes in the health care system are hitting close to home.

Hospice of the Bluegrass officials announced Friday that 46 employees statewide were being laid off with several in eastern Kentucky.

For Johnson County resident Gladies Bevins, the work hospice does is second to none because she understands that saying goodbye is never easy.

"If you have never been through it before, you do not know what to do. You are helpless," said Bevins.

Bevins lost her sister Garnett to cancer a little more than a year ago. However, she said luckily, she found help from Hospice.

"You do not realize there are that many people going through the same thing you are, you know? But that helped a lot too because it let me know I was not the only one," said Bevins.

Hospice of the Bluegrass COO Deede Byrne tells WYMT that care is their specialty.

"They are a resource for this family that, 'I am going to be there with you and I am going to help you through this', said Byrne.

Bevins said their services helped her just as much as they helped her sister.

"Every month I would get a call, sometimes twice a month, and they would talk just as long as I wanted to talk because everyone grieves differently," said Bevins.

It is support she said continues to this day.

"That is nice knowing any time night or day you can call somebody," said Bevins.

Byrne said the cuts to their organization make up about seven percent of their entire staff.

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