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Sean Arnold
Gayle Mattson, president of Haven Hospice, told the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club that the hospice care provider is committed to keeping its presence to the Chiefland area despite the recent closure of the Tri-Counties Hospice Care Center at its Chiefland campus.
Haven Hospice president: ‘We’re in this community for the long haul’

By Sean Arnold

Staff writer

Gayle Mattson wants Chiefland and the surrounding communities to know that Haven Hospice is here to serve them for the long run.

That was the clear message the president of Haven Hospice delivered in her talk to the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club Nov. 16, on the heels of the closure of the Tri-Counties Hospice Care Center.

The closure of the Care Center, which opened in 2004, and the corresponding re-positioning of employees, naturally sparked concerns around the community. Mattson issued a reassuring tone about Haven’s overall remaining presence in the area, noting that around 95 percent of the services delivered by Haven Hospice are done outside their care centers.

“It was a very hard day for Haven,” Mattson said. “We did that to reposition the organization for the future. I hope that is last time I ever have to do that in my career – that’s my commitment.

“Haven Hospice will have a presence in this community as long as they will have us,” Mattson added. “I hope that’s forever.”