Center for Hospice Care (CHC) unveiled the public phase of its most ambitious comprehensive capital fundraising campaign - $10 million – to ensure that CHC is prepared to meet the needs of our communities long into the future.
The centerpiece of “Cornerstones for Living: The Crossroads Campaign” is the construction of two additional buildings on the Mishawaka Campus: a new Clinical Staff Building and a new 12-bed Hospice House overlooking the St. Joseph River. “Since most all of CHC’s patients reside in their own homes, nursing homes, or assisted living facilities, we believe this new inpatient center will improve our ability to meet the needs of patients whose symptoms cannot fully be addressed in that setting,” said Mark Murray, CHC President / CEO.
The new clinical staff building, which acts as the focal point for providing hospice care throughout much of its service area, will replace the organization’s current 21-year old clinical staff offices and Hospice House in Roseland.
“Half of all deaths in America are now under hospice care and that’s increasing each year. At CHC, 25% of the 33,000 patients we’ve cared for over 36 years were seen in just the last four years alone. When you consider the first of the 76 million baby boomers began signing up for Medicare seven years ago, the need for hospice care will only escalate dramatically over the next 20 years. This ‘Crossroads’ campaign is all about CHC putting the infrastructure in place today to meet this need of our communities tomorrow,” said Murray.
Since beginning the quiet phase of this 5-year campaign in July 2014, CHC has raised more than $7.5 million of its $10 million goal. The funds raised will be used to complete construction projects on the Mishawaka Campus, begin to endow many of CHC’s signature programs and provide care for patients with financial needs and to fund the agency’s many community bereavement programs. Within its nearly 40-year history, this is only CHC’s third capital campaign and it is scheduled to end in 2019.
In 1980, we made a promise that no person eligible for hospice services would be turned away due to an inability to pay for those services. With the generous support of the communities it serves, we’ve been able to keep that promise.
The high number of patients choosing CHC means that over time an increasing number of survivors have sought support through the organization’s many grief counseling and bereavement services, which are free and open to the public – regardless of whether their loved one was the recipient of hospice care. CHC’s specialty programs, including Camp Evergreen, an annual camp for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one, and After Images, a popular and innovative art counseling program, are also available to the public and are part of the campaign’s endowment goal.