Groundbreaking on the region's first inpatient hospice facility

Groundbreaking on the region's first inpatient hospice facility

Redstone Village, Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Hospice Family Care and Huntsville Hospital are teaming up to build the region’s first inpatient hospice facility on the campus of Redstone Village, a retirement community in south Huntsville. On June 7 an official groundbreaking ceremony was held to kick-off the construction of the $10 million, 30,000-square-foot facility.

Expected to be completed in the fall of 2017, it will offer 15 private rooms with all the comforts of home including sleeping accommodations for two family members. Plans also call for family living areas, work areas, kitchens, patios with views of the nearby woods and hills, and a non-denominational chapel. Round the clock care and comfort will be provided by a specially-trained medical director, nurses, technicians and spiritual counselor.

“A community the size of Huntsville should have a facility dedicated to inpatient, end-of-life care,” says Jeff Samz, Huntsville Hospital’s chief operating officer. “Our goal is to create a world-class model where end-of-life care is delivered with privacy and dignity for the patients, and where their families can be present and involved in the care.”

Estimates show more than 300 hospital patients a year would benefit from inpatient hospice care. Currently, there are only 40 inpatient hospice beds statewide – none within an hour of Huntsville.

Huntsville Hospital Foundation, the non-profit fundraising arm of Huntsville Hospital, recently launched a $7 million capital campaign to cover the bulk of the costs to build, furnish and equip the inpatient hospice facility. If you would like to contribute to the campaign to build the inpatient hospice facility and provide a Caring House for grieving children, please contact Huntsville Hospital Foundation at (256) 265-8077.