Texas Home Health Hospice now has an office in Killeen.

City officials as well as members of the community and medical care staff gathered recently for a celebration inside the Metroplex Medial Plaza building on S. Clear Creek Road, Suite 200, where the office is located.

“A business like this is tremendous for our community and I am here to support them in any way I can,” Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra said at the Thursday ribbon-cutting for the new medical business.

Hospice care provides care and support for patients and their families during their final phase of life, which usually takes place at the patients’ homes.

With the new location in Killeen, Texas Home Health follows a new concept that purposefully built a welcoming environment where patients and families can meet and connect their care team, according to the company.

According to a news release, Texas Home Health is owned by AccentCare, Inc., a nationwide leader in post-acute healthcare. The organization specializes in innovative partnerships and care models covering areas such as nursing, rehabilitation, hospice and care management.

Headquartered in Dallas, AccentCare has over 24,000 employees in more than 170 locations, collectively serving over 122,000 individuals across 16 states.

Other AccentCare hospices are located in Waco and Marble Falls.

“If it is done properly, it is an incredible gift to families and patients,” said Christopher Mitchell, vice president and general manager for Texas Home Health. “I am very passionate about it.”

Opening an office in Killeen was especially close to heart to Mitchell, who is a veteran himself.

“We have a special place in our hearts for veterans so .. this has been a passion of mine and our senior leadership,” he said.

“I couldn’t be more proud to have our first office of this new concept be in Killeen, a community I am personally deeply connected to,” Mitchell said. “I was stationed at Fort Hood three times during my career with the U.S. Army, and it’s humbling to receive such a warm welcome from the Killeen community.”

After opening its doors to the public in November, Texas Home Health in Killeen already serves about 40 patients.

“We have already been out in the community, recruiting veterans, and the majority of our care team members are veterans. I now look forward to opening our doors to host meetings and events that will further enrich the lives of the incredible folks in this great community,” Mitchell said.

“We are planning on contributing to the economy and working on education and partnerships with the community in any way we can,” Mitchell said.

Besides gathering places for families and care professionals, the new office also incorporates various support groups and training events into their schedule.

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