GRANGER TWP. — With rain tapping on the makeshift ceiling, a crowd gathered Thursday under a tent to celebrate breaking ground for a $9 million facility for Hospice of Medina County.
Planned since 2001, the hospice’s 30,000-square-foot building will house 16 patients, doubling the capacity of Hospice’s current location, and is scheduled to open in May 2011, Executive Director Pat Stropko-O’Leary said.
She said the hospice received a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, plus various grants and donations from the community to fund the facility.
Stropko-O’Leary said the firm purchased eight acres of land for the facility, at state Route 18 and Windfall Road, from the Medina County Park District, where the district plans to develop a park.
“All of the rooms will have floor-to-ceiling windows facing the park,” Stropko-O’Leary said.
The building also will house the Robertson Bereavement Center and the hospice’s central offices.
“Plus, we’re going to have a community room,” Stropko-O’Leary said.
Hospice reports a 53 percent increase in the number of patients it has served in the past five years, and projects it will outgrow its current space in three years.
Hospice of Medina County has an eight-bed, in-patient unit, which opened in 2003, at The Inn at Medina.
A hospice facility provides end-of-life, 24-hour care to the terminally ill. According to Hospice, 30 percent of its patients enter the program with less than two weeks to live.
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