Hospice House groundbreaking planned at Pen Bay Medical Center
Rockport — Ground will be broken for a new seven-bed Hospice House on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus in Rockport Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m.
The hospital plans to construct the 9,740-square-foot building on the northwest corner of the 63-acre campus. Hospice House will provide end-of-life care for patients' emotional, physical and spiritual needs, according to Heidi McCaffery, director of Hospice and Palliative Care for Kno-Wal-Lin.
She said this will be one of only three such houses in the state, the others being in Lewiston and Scarborough.
"This has been a 10-year project," she said.
The building will be owned by the hospital, but the care will be managed by Kno-Wal-Lin.
The design of the Hospice House is based on a New England farm with a “Big House, Little House, Back House and Barn," according to the Kno-Wal-Lin website. The buildings will be connected by glass-enclosed passageways that look out on two large courtyards with four-season gardens. The “Big House” will include the community living room, dining area, kitchen and pantry. The administrative offices, conference room and staff area will be in the "Little House."
"Our 'Back Houses' consist of seven patient suites, each with a private bath and living area to accommodate family," the website states. "A library and sanctuary are also part of the 'Back Houses.'”
The “Barn” includes a garage, staff lounge, storage and electrical/mechanical rooms.
"The atmosphere of the Hospice House will be one of peace and tranquility and the interior design and furnishings will look like, act like, and feel like home,” a press release from Pen Bay Healthcare states. "The Hospice House will also be a certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) project, which means we will be implementing practical and measurable high performance green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. The building will utilize a geothermal system for heating and cooling which will optimize energy performance."
The site has been designed for a potential future expansion, adding seven more patient suites and additional parking. The project was approved by the Rockport Planning Board on Aug. 14, by a unanimous vote, and is also approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Maine Department of Transportation has granted a driveway/entrance permit. An amendment through the Maine Department of Environmental Protection is also required. Approval for this amendment is expected by mid-September 2013.
McCaffery said the hospital plans to open the house in July 2014, and that construction is on a tight schedule.
"The construction project team consists of Pen Bay representatives, WBRC Architects Engineers, Wright-Ryan Construction acting as the general contractor and Cordjia Capital Project’s Group serving as Pen Bay’s owner’s representative," the press release states.
It will primarily serve Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties, but she said others from the northern part of the state may come to the facility because there are so few in the state.
The house will provide a number of services including an opportunity to talk to a chaplain and special music provided by singers and a harpist.
Those who arrive early for the groundbreaking can walk to the site. Shuttle service is available from the Physicians Building parking lot on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus, 6 Glen Cove Drive, Rockport.
For more information about the groundbreaking ceremony, please call the Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation at 207-594-6705.
Courier-Gazette Editor Daniel Dunkle can be reached at email@example.com or 594-4401 ext. 122.
207 594-4401 ext. 122
Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.
Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.
Recent Stories by Dan Dunkle
Dec 05, 2013
Dec 05, 2013
Nov 27, 2013
Nov 25, 2013
Nov 22, 2013