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 homes.”
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.