Hospice finds a new home

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By The Staff

Hospice of the Bluegrass has significantly expanded its facilities and moved into its new 21,000 square foot campus at 643 and 663 Teton Trail in Frankfort.
The new campus will enhance services provided by Hospice to its four-county service area that includes Anderson, Franklin, Owen and Woodford counties.
The new campus includes two buildings. The clinical building, located at 663 Teton Trail, will house clinical and administrative staff and will be the centralized communication hub for the 11 teams who serve patients and their families. Only steps away is the community building, located at 643 Teton Trail, which will house the community outreach arm of Hospice.
 “We hope the building will become a place where the entire community will feel welcome,” Dora Hall, the Frankfort office site director, said. “The community building has a warm feeling, with a calm water fountain in the waiting area, a large training room for community meetings, and even a children’s art room where grieving children can find ways to express their emotions.” The art room includes a mural of the four seasons, painted by a Kentucky artist, Janet Cornett, and is a beautiful addition to the facility.
An open house is planned for 4 to 6 p.m. June 14 for the general public to view the campus and learn more about Hospice’s mission and programs.
It is only through the generous support of the community that this expansion has become reality. Starting with the donation of one of the buildings by the Meyer Family and Karen Wood, the $2.5 million building campaign to renovate the facilities is nearing successful completion.
“We’re thankful for the support of individuals and business in all four counties who’ve given so generously to improve hospice services for the community,” Bruce Brooks, Capital Campaign Chair for Hospice of the Bluegrass, Frankfort, said. “We welcome others to show support for the project through their financial gifts. There are still many opportunities to make a gift to the project.”
On moving day, the movers loaded hundreds of file boxes, equipment and furniture, but they also moved memories. The current memorial garden, a quiet space to reflect, is now situated behind the downtown office buildings. It will be moved as well, and relocated in a newly designed memorial garden in front of the clinical building. New pavers will be available for community members to remember a loved one and add to the garden in front of the community building.
Hospice of the Bluegrass’ nonprofit mission is to provide the highest quality interdisciplinary care to all terminally ill patients, the bereaved and their families.
The Frankfort office was established in 1987. It is a branch of Hospice of the Bluegrass, based in Lexington and serving 32 counties in central and eastern Kentucky. For more information about Hospice of the Bluegrass, please call (502) 223-1744 or (800) 926-1302.