Hospice House closer to reality

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Reporter - Jason Hibbs
Photojournalist - David Dycus

MURRAY, Ky. - It's a new way to care for patients when they need help the most. The Hospice House in Murray will be the first of its kind in far western Kentucky.

The Murray-Calloway County Hospital Endowment started raising money for the $3.2 million project in 2008.  Funding hit a snag in 2010 and the project was put on hold until more money came through. Now organizers say the project is back on track.

Murray Calloway County Hospice nurses won't be working in their tight office spaces much longer, but coordinator Sherri Boyd said the Hospice House won't be built for her staff, but the ones they serve.

"It really caters to the patients and their families," Boyd said.

The first of it's kind in far western Kentucky, Boyd said the six-bed facility will serve those who need extra attention toward the end of life, don't want to go to a nursing home, but aren't well enough to live alone.

"There are times that we didn't think it would or we would ever get it and some of us still are not holding are breathe because $3 million, $3.5 million is not a lot of money," Boyd said.

"The caveat was we would raise the money to facilitate the construction before it actually started," V.P. of Development, Keith Travis said.

He said raising that much money wasn't easy.

"Some days you go home with tears in your eyes because the generosity, some days you go home with tears in your eyes because of the frustration," Travis told us.

Now, they are close to their goal.

For Boyd and the other nurses that means they're closer to helping even more people at a critical time in life.

"When they finally say we're going to break ground then I'll start jumping for joy," Boyd said.

If they can raise the money, Travis said he'd like to break ground in March. Construction will take a little more than a year, so it'll likely be summer of 2015 before this project is complete.

Travis said they are about $200,000 away from their fund raising goal.

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