Hendrick Medical Center Announces Plan to Build New Hospice Care Facility

Published 03/03 2014 07:23PM

Updated 03/03 2014 10:16PM

Hendrick Hospice Care announced Monday night that they have started plans to construct a new state-of-the-art hospice care facility.

The announcement was released the same night as its 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Abilene Civic Center.

The building will be a single story, 40,800 square-feet facility located two blocks from the main campus (N. 17th & Pine Street).

So far, property in the area is being cleared to provide 8.7 acres for the Hendrick Hospice Care Center. The facility will provide all services and include inpatient hospice care, bereavement center, home care offices, space for volunteer training, common areas for families and visitors and extensive outdoor landscaping.

Visuals of the new facility's exterior were shown during the press conference. The plan includes an inpatient area that will have 16 rooms with potential expansion for eight additional rooms. In addition, there will be family rooms for adults, teens and kids.

The new space means the bereavement and grief programs will no longer meet off campus. Director of Hendrick Hospice Care Karen Tucek says patients can expect a chapel, administrative and home care offices and extensive outdoor landscaping.

"The new facility will gave patients and their families more space to spend with each other and provide a home-like environment," said Tucek.

The estimated cost of the facility is $10.4 million, with majority of the funds coming from philanthropic gifts. According to CEO Tim Lancaster, the center has already received a little over $5 million from philanthropic gifts.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for February 2015, with a projected opening date of May 2016.

If you would like to donate, you can do so through the Hendrick Medical Center Foundation at 1900 Pine St.

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