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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Central Texas Medical Center has named its in-patient hospice unit for the late Douglas E. Holcomb, a San Marcos man whose family donated $300,000 in his memory.

A Lockhart native, Holcomb died of a brain tumor while under the care of CTMC Hospice on Dec. 1, less than a month after the in-patient unit opened on the hospital’s Wonder World Drive main campus. Holcombe’s sister and brother-in-law, Caldwell County residents Jane and Pat Durbin, subsequently made the donation to the hospital.

“We are pleased and honored that the family would choose to support our efforts to provide a comfortable and peaceful place for someone dealing with the end of life,” said Sam Huenergardt, CTMC’s president and chief executive officer.

Opened last November, the newly christened Douglas E. Holcomb Inpatient Hospice Unit provides short-term care of terminally ill patients on the second floor of the CTMC Women’s Center. The hospice unit’s two private rooms offer 24-hour access for family members and amenities intended to provide a home-like environment such as a counseling room; a living room; and a pet-friendly policy.

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