Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Library Opens at Visiting Nurse Health System’s Hospice Atlanta Center

Information to help with grief and loss now available to the public

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On June 10th, Visiting Nurse Health System hosted a reception
at the Andrew and Eula Carlos Hospice Atlanta Center, recognizing the
twentieth anniversary of the 36-bed inpatient hospice facility located
in Buckhead. The celebration culminated with the formal opening of the
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Library in the Center. The honor of cutting the
ribbon on the library’s door was given to former Atlanta mayor and
Buckhead Coalition president Sam Massell. Accompanying Massell was
Visiting Nurse’s new CEO, Norene Mostkoff, who was introduced to guests
and spoke about the future of the organization and its Hospice Atlanta
division.

The library’s namesake is Swiss-American psychiatrist and hospice and
palliative care pioneer Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, who revolutionized
the study of death, dying and grieving. The library houses publications
from her personal collections, international awards received in
recognition of her work and personal mementos. The library is open to
anyone wanting access to her materials, and additional resources related
to grief and bereavement are available on Visiting Nurse’s website.
Kübler-Ross’ first book, On Death and Dying, published in 1969,
became a guiding resource for those working with the terminally ill.
Prior to her efforts, the topic of death was often avoided in healthcare
settings.

“Visiting Nurse is honored to be one of two Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Libraries in the nation,” said Nancy Mauldin, Executive Director of
Hospice Services. “We invite the Atlanta community to visit the library
and website, whether for personal enlightenment or academic research, to
better understand the challenges of interacting with the dying and
dealing with the grief that follows their death.”

Hospice Atlanta Center—Georgia’s first and largest hospice facility—has
provided comfort and care for more than 10,000 patients over the past 20
years. The Center’s genesis was the result of the vision and significant
contributions made by four founders: Dr. Arthur Booth, Eula Carlos, Mary
Gellerstedt and Warren Jobe. These visionaries brought together
corporate, board and community partners to make the Center a reality,
and all four and their families will be honored at Visiting Nurse’s
annual fall gala, In the Moment—A Celebration of Life to be held
October 27.

About Visiting Nurse Health System

Founded in 1948, Visiting Nurse Health System is Georgia’s largest
nonprofit provider of home healthcare and hospice services, providing
care at home and at the Andrew and Eula Carlos Hospice Atlanta Center.
The mission of its 750 employees is to improve the lives of the more
than 6,000 patients and their families served each day. Thanks to the
support of generous individuals, foundations and corporations, Visiting
Nurse is able to provide compassionate, quality care to all of its
patients regardless of their ability to pay. For more information,
please visit www.vnhs.org.

Contacts

Visiting Nurse Health System
David Greenberg, 404-215-6068
david.greenberg@vnhs.org

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