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Hospice of the Western Reserve Announces Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake

New facility is slated to open Summer 2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio (February 23, 2011) – Hospice of the Western Reserve today released the plans for its second inpatient hospice care facility at the corner of Crocker and Clemens Roads in Westlake, Ohio. Construction of the 32-bed, over 40,000 square foot Ames Family Hospice House started in early 2011, with the facility scheduled to open summer 2012.

“Since opening the region’s first free-standing residential facility in 1995, there has been a substantial increase in the number of patients and families Hospice of the Western Reserve cares for, while the number of inpatient beds has remained the same,” explained Hospice of the Western Reserve CEO, William E. Finn. “Ames Family Hospice House will allow us to help more of the patients requiring inpatient care, while keeping them closer to home.”

The organization also announced that the new facility would be named Ames Family Hospice House in honor of B. Charles (Chuck) and Jay Ames. Other donors include The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation and local philanthropists, Susan and Jack Turben.

Much like the organization’s Hospice House overlooking Lake Erie, the new house is designed with patients and their families in mind. Private patient suites, comfortable furnishings, hidden medical equipment and large doorways that allow beds to roll onto outdoor patios and screened porches create a home-like environment.

Full of cozy spaces for families to gather and spend quiet time together, the craftsman-inspired Ames Family Hospice House is designed to make the most of its wooded lot. Gardens and native landscaping will bring the outside in and the 30-acre site includes several running trails which will reopen to the public once construction is complete.

As part of Hospice of the Western Reserve’s ongoing commitment to implement sustainable practices, the organization plans to use environmentally-friendly building techniques for this facility.

To alleviate potential traffic concerns and to provide peace and privacy for patients and families, Hospice of the Western Reserve and the city of Westlake will partner to build a new road for the facility.

Hospice of the Western Reserve anticipates that the new facility will create 105 new healthcare employment opportunities.

About Hospice of the Western Reserve
Hospice of the Western Reserve is a community-based, non-profit agency providing comfort care and emotional support to patients and their families, regardless of age, disease or ability to pay. We care for people in a variety of settings including in the home, hospital, assisted living/long-term care facility, at Hospice House, our 42-bed residential facility overlooking Lake Erie or at a 13-bed inpatient Hospice Care Center in Olmsted Township and soon at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake. For more information, visit hospicewr.org or call 800.707.8922.

Editor’s Note: For images and plans for the new hospice house visit Hospicewr.org/AmesNews. To schedule an interview with CEO William E. Finn, contact Laurie Henrichsen at 216.701.1768 or lhenrichsen@hospicewr.org.

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Laurie Henrichsen
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Phone: 216.701.1768
Email: lhenrichsen@hospicewr.org