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For Release: May 3, 2012

Jim Gosky 330.344.6083,
Kelly Ward-Smith, 330-848-6206,

Hospice of VNS Unveils New Patient Spa

The Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Justin T. Rogers Care Center in Copley has opened a new, luxurious spa for use by its hospice patients, thanks to a generous donation by Myers Industries Inc.

A former tub room was converted into an oasis for patients, including a large whirlpool tub with adjustable height and hydro massage jets; towel warmer; and glass-front mini-fridge, all surrounded by ornate tile and travertine floors. Pocket doors give the patient added privacy while soaking in the tub. The therapeutic tubs, which allow for full immersion bathing, will soothe aching muscles and ease pain, while tension slips away. The spa is available for use by Hospice Care Center and home care patients.

"We are very excited about the spa renovation and grateful to Myers Industries for their generosity," said Tracey Nauer, BSN, RN, Director of Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service. "The new spa provides an environment for our patients to relax and keep their minds off their illnesses. The patients' families appreciate knowing that their loved ones can enjoy such a soothing experience."

The Hospice of VNS Justin T. Rogers Care Center, located at 3358 Ridgewood Road, has served more than 20,000 patients and their families since it opened in 1994 as the first freestanding hospice inpatient facility in the area. The Hospice Care Center provides a home-like atmosphere for patients with a limited life expectancy who are unable to remain at home because of distressing and uncontrollable symptoms. The Care Center offers the type of independence and dignity not possible in a traditional institutional setting. Every aspect of the Care Center, from the 26 beautiful – and recently renovated – private rooms to the 16 acres of serene gardens and rolling streams, is designed with the comfort and dignity of the patient in mind.

About Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service
The purpose of Hospice of VNS is to alleviate suffering, engender hope, promote living and facilitate grieving among patients with serious or life-limiting illnesses, their families and their communities. Hospice of VNS is an affiliate of Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates (comprised of Advanced Infusion Services, Hospice of VNS, VNS Personal Care Services, VNS Equipment & Supplies and Visiting Nurse Service). VNSA serves Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties and is a member of the Akron General Health System. For more information about VNSA, visit

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities we serve. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area's largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Development Foundation. Akron General has earned the prestigious National Research Corporation (NRC) Consumer Choice Award for 14 out of 16 years. Recently, Becker’s Hospital Review named Akron General Medical Center one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit About Us.

Date Updated: 03-MAY-2012

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