News Release: November 8, 2014
The future administrative home of Hospice of Warren County will be moving directly across the street from Warren General Hospital. The move is the culmination of much thought and planning, focused on meeting the growing need to serve more patients and families in an environment providing both comfort and convenience for visitors, as well as efficiency for staff and volunteers.
The Hospice program was started with 1 paid staff member and specially trained volunteers befriending terminally ill patients and their families. Over the past 34 years, the agency has experienced incredible growth including Medicare Certification in 1991 and expanded professional services to now include Palliative Care, the DeFrees Support Program, Grief and Loss Support, and our John and Orpha Blair Hospice Residence.
Hospice Executive Director, Lisa To explained, “This move will better position us to serve our patients, families, and staff in an improved way with regard to privacy and efficiency. At the same time, our service and day-to-day interaction with Warren General Hospital and the Cancer Care Center should be seamless with our new location being within 500ft. of our old office in the hospital. A goal from the outset of strategically planning for our space needs was to maintain proximity to Warren General Hospital and the Cancer Care Center. We value the prompt response to patient, family, and operational needs, and this location continues the long-standing cooperative relationship we’ve had with one another.”
Although the exterior of the home will remain largely unaltered, special design considerations will reconfigure the interior of the home addressing the specific needs of those visiting the Hospice Office, as well as staff and volunteer spaces. Interior renovations will be significant, requiring the better part of the coming twelve months to complete. Plans are for the new office to be serving families and staff by fall of 2014.
President of Inscale Architects, Donna Zariczny shared, “Inscale Architects completed a feasibility study for Hospice to convert the residence to offices. The feasibility study offered Hospice the ability to look at their organization’s needs, the opportunities of the building to fulfill those needs and cost implications associated with the proposed project. After reviewing the feasibility study, it became clear that 1 Main Avenue would provide the additional needed space and privacy needs for servicing Hospice’s clientele. We’re thrilled to be moving forward with construction drawings for this exciting project.”
Hospice of Warren County is blessed today with more than 150 dedicated staff members and volunteers. These devoted professionals and trained volunteers are “Neighbors Caring for Neighbors,” continuing in the tradition of those before them by making wonderful things happen for Hospice patients and families every day. Hospice of Warren County is the only non-profit Hospice serving all of Warren County since 1979.
For more information about Hospice of Warren County call (814) 723-2455 or visit us online at www.hospiceofwarrencounty.com.