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Hospice building campaign off to good start

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
July 26, 2013 at 2:26 a.m.

An artist's rendering of what inpatient center will look like.

The capital campaign to raise $6.55 million to build an inpatient hospice facility in Victoria is officially underway.

Last week, a Hospice of South Texas campaign kickoff event revealed $3,369,471 in confirmed pledges for phase one of the project.

"We currently are at 65 percent of our phase one goal of $5,250,000 for the inpatient center," said Hilary Lucas, hospice advancement director. "We will continue meeting with those interested in our pro ject, individuals, companies and foundations."

The goal is to break ground in 2014.

"We are truly grateful to all who have helped us reach this point. We are halfway there but have much more work to do," she said.

During the kickoff, Hospice of South Texas executive director Terry Robinson called the proposed inpatient center "a setting that takes a burden off the family and puts in place a support system for everyone affected."

Robinson explained that while phase one is the center itself, phase two includes a memory garden and a walking path; phase three, a bereavement center and phase four, an endowment fund to provide for future support of all these services.

"We have our work cut out for us, but this work will positively affect many lives over many generations," Robinson said.

Russell Marshall is the campaign chairman, and Dr. Terry Whitehouse is the co-chairman.

In March, the only nonprofit hospice in the Crossroads announced plans to build the 12-bed private room, 20,000-square-foot facility that could be expanded to 36 rooms.

The agency owns 30 acres on Mallette Drive where the facility will be constructed.

The hospice was first established in mid-1984 by the staff of DeTar Hospital.

Its service area includes Victoria, Calhoun, Jackson, Lavaca, DeWitt, Refugio, Goliad, Gonzales, Colorado, Fayette and Bee counties.

In 2012, Hospice of South Texas provided end-of-life care to 778 patients, made more than 21,000 nurse visits - an average of more than 400 per week - and provided bereavement services to 1,700 family members, according to the organization's records.

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