TROY — Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County broke ground on the Upper Valley Medical Center campus Thursday for what will be its first organization-owned facility.
The freestanding Hospice House and administrative offices will cost an estimated $10 million and is planned to open in 2019.
This newly constructed building will give hospice patients a new option for inpatient hospice care and expanded opportunities for end-of-life educational offerings for the community.
“As the average life span increases, so does the number of individuals who die of chronic progressive disease that require longer and more sustained care,” said Heather Bolton, 17-year executive director of Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County and vice president of Mission Operations for Ohio’s Hospice.
Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County will lease the land from Premier/UVMC for the next 50 years, according to Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County Director of Development Susan Walker Hemm.
The building, under the construction of Bruns General Contracting, will initially have 12 beds when it opens late in 2019, with sufficient space on the site for a six-bed addition when needed, Bolton said. There will also be an interfaith chapel as well as a center of excellence training center, she said.
The not-for-profit organization, celebrating 35 years of serving the community, opened a seven-bed inpatient unit inside UVMC in late 2014. Those services, along with the offices at the Summit Professional Building in Troy, will relocate to the new approximately 32,000-square-foot facility, which will be adjacent to Koester Pavilion on the north side of the hospital campus.
The new building will be conveniently located and easy to find for family and friends of patients, according to Bolton. It will feature a spa and massage room for patients, exterior doors in all patient rooms to enable them to enjoy the outdoors, private meeting spaces for families, a large family living area and a center of excellence meeting space for clinical and community education programs. In addition, it will be home to 75 staff members and over 125 volunteers.
“This Hospice House will allow us to continue to preserve and enhance patient dignity by attending to the social, physical and needs of each patient we serve,” Bolton said.
Hemm said the facility, including furniture, fixtures and equipment will cost an estimated $10 million.
“We anticipate raising $6 million through our capital campaign, which will include funds from local foundations, grants, and individual donors. To date we have raised $4 million,” Hemm said. “The additional balance of the construction costs will be financed. ”
Bolton, who said planning for the Hospice House began in January 2015, said the demand for such hospice houses has increased over 19 percent in the last couple years.
In 2017, Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County provided care to 788 patients and their families, according to Hemm. Through October of this year, she said the organization has cared for 693 patients and their families.
“We have seen the number of patients we serve daily double in just three years to more than 150 patients a day,” said Bolton, who announced that Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County has recently been selected as the 2019 Employer of the Year in the nation by the Hospice and Palliative Care Credentialing Center.
“This new facility reflects our commitment to respond to a growing community need for end-of-life care.
“While most hospice patients receive care at home, in an assisted living or nursing facility environment, the need for this option of care is growing. We’re pleased to provide all of the services that accompany a freestanding Hospice House as well as bereavement care in close proximity to Upper Valley Medical Center. We appreciate our long-standing partnership with UVMC and the support of the UVMC Community Benefits Fund.”
UVMC President Tom Parker said the hospital is proud to be a part the organization’s future.
“This very welcome addition of a Hospice inpatient facility on the Upper Valley Medical Center campus reinforces our commitment to assuring a full complement of quality, compassionate health care services for area residents,” said Tom Parker, president of Upper Valley Medical Center. “Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County over the years has earned the trust and admiration of thousands of local families. We’re proud to have partnered with them through the years and to now help them launch this very important project.”
“With a new permanent home dedicated to serving the community, we will be able to serve more patients and families,” said Tom Hagan, chair of Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County Board of Directors. “This freestanding Hospice House will continue to ensure that all patients and families continue to receive superior services and superior care for decades to come from Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County.”
Mark Hess, a founding member of the organization who continues to serve as a medical director, said the ground breaking was a celebration of the continued work Hospice offers in the community.
“Today represents the first, the next major step, for Hospice and the community, and for all of the people that will benefit from hospice care for years to come,” Hess said.