The Denver Hospice Breaks Ground on
Denver’s First Hospice Care Center
Press Release - December 1, 2009
The Denver Hospice has begun
construction on a $17 million Inpatient Care Center at Lowry – the first
hospice care center in the city limits.
During a Multi-Cultural Multi-Faith
Blessing and Dedication of the Land on Dec. 1, clergy from various faiths in
the metro-area came together to bless the land, including Rabbi Steven Foster,
Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanuel and a former member of the board of directors of
The Denver Hospice.
Rabbi Foster gave the first
blessing, noting that The Denver Hospice is long rooted in the Jewish faith and
was co-founded in 1978 by Carolyn Jaffe, a registered nurse who was Jewish.
Other clergy who joined Rabbi Foster
in offering a blessing unique to their faith were: Rev. Paul Garrett, rector of St.
Barnabus Episcopal Church; Adam Richardson, Buddhist Chaplain with The Denver
Hospice; Rev. Willie D. Simmons, pastor of New Relationship Baptist Church and
former president of the Western States Baptist Convention; Father Bob Sullivan,
SJ, Regis Jesuit High School and Yahya
Shareef of the Northeast
Denver Islamic Center
The 35,000-square-foot center will
have 20 private patient rooms with patios, four family suites with patios, a
family dining room and gathering places, a chapel, library, education center
and hydro-therapy spa.
Stunning memorial gardens, fountains
and walkways will complete the campus when the Care Center opens in late 2010
at East Lowry Boulevard and Uinta Way.
“Our job has been, and still
remains, to do everything in our power to alleviate pain, to listen to
concerns, to lift the burdens and the spirits of the nearly 900 patients daily
in hospice and palliative care,” said Bev Sloan, president and CEO of The
Denver Hospice. “Our new care center
will be a lovely, peaceful, home-like setting to serve the absolute most
vulnerable, those who are too ill and too fragile to be cared for in their
The Denver Hospice will launch its
first capital campaign in its 31-year history to raise funds to build the
center. Previously, The Denver Hospice
has leased space in healthcare facilities to house its care center.
The Daniels Fund kicked off the
campaign by announcing a $1.5 million grant toward construction of a Veterans
Wing to serve military veterans who have unique needs at end of life. The late Bill Daniels, founder of The Daniels
Fund, served in World War II and the Korean Conflict as a Navy fighter pilot
Since its founding in 1978, The
Denver Hospice has cared for more than 50,000 patients and families. The Denver Hospice is the fifth oldest
hospice in the nation and the largest in Colorado.
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a year - approximately
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