Study: Not enough demand to support inpatient hospice center in Georgetown


Georgetown does not have enough demand to support an inpatient hospice care facility, according to the results of a study shared Tuesday by City Council Member Steve Fought.

The City Council voted last summer to contribute up to $10,000 to explore the feasibility of building an inpatient residential hospice care facility in the Georgetown area. The study was performed through a partnership between the city, Baylor Scott & White Health, the Georgetown Health Foundation and Hospice Austin, which operates the Christopher House hospice facility in East Austin.

Fought said while some demand exists for a dedicated inpatient hospice center, the demand is not strong enough to warrant a recommendation to build a stand-alone facility. He said many of the people in Georgetown who might become patients of such a facility already receive care elsewhere and would likely be reluctant to want to make what could be a significant life change by moving to a new center.

“People want to stay in place,” Fought said.

While the study group found a lack of enough demand for a stand-alone hospice facility, it did recommend the study partners could look further into establishing specialized hospice wings within existing health care facilities, Fought said. He presented the study’s findings during a City Council policy workshop Tuesday.


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Evan Marczynski
Evan Marczynski is editor of the Georgetown edition of Community Impact Newspaper. His reporting focuses on Georgetown’s government, business and economic development. Evan joined Community Impact in 2016 as a reporter in Northwest Austin. He has also previously covered Austin-area health care and Round Rock ISD. Before moving to Texas, Evan spent five years as a newspaper reporter in the Pacific Northwest. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Washington University.
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