Pen Bay Healthcare Breaks Ground on Hospice House
Digging ceremonial shovels of dirt are hospice caregivers (L-R): Kathy Deupree, recent chairman of the board Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers; Heidi McCaffery, Kno-Wal-Lin director of Hospice & Palliative Medicine; Ira Mandel, MD, Pen Bay medical director of Hospice & Palliative Medicine and Donna Deblois, Kno-Wal-Lin executive director. They were joined by volunteers from Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers and Kno-Wal-Lin caregivers.
Over 100 community members gathered to witness the ceremonial ground breaking of Pen Bay Healthcare’s Hospice House on a beautiful sunny fall day on Sunday, September 15. The site of the Hospice House is on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus and the project was developed through a longstanding collaboration between Pen Bay Healthcare, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care & Hospice and many community supporters and donors.
Led by opening remarks by Pen Bay president and CEO Wade Johnson, the first ground breakers included Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation chair Joanne Billington and lead donors: Ann Bresnahan, Greg Dufour representing Camden National Bank, Dyke Messler, Brenda Gagnon representing the Bob Gagnon Cancer Fund and Linda Bean.
Community members review Hospice House plans.
Following a ground breaking by representatives from the Town of Rockport and the Pen Bay board of trustees, Ms. Billington invited audience members to join her in “turning a spadeful of earth to welcome this new facility and the next leg of this journey with each other, together, side by side.”
Conceived of in 2003 to increase the available options for end of life care, the House will be built with patients’ and families’ needs in mind. This will be the third free-standing house of its kind in the state and will serve the communities of Central and Midcoast Maine. The planned opening date is targeted for July 2014.
For more information about the Hospice House, please call the Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation at 207-594-6705.
Photo Credits: Marti Stone Photography