Patients are gone but Hopewell House still operating
The future of the Hopewell House Hospice and the nearly half-acre of potentially valuable land it sits on in Hillsdale won't be taken up by the current owner before April 1 of next year.
Brian Terrett, head of public relations for the owner, Legacy Health Systems, tells the SW Connection, "There's a group of people, a small task force, that will study that question, but not before the start of the next fiscal year, April 1st."
In the meantime, the 95-year-old home at 6171 S.W. Capitol Highway that's been the Hopewell Hospice House since 1987, but stopped admitting patients on Sept. 30, will still be in the hospice business.
Kathryn Correia, President and CEO of Legacy Health, sent out a letter last month with the short-term plan for the facility.
"We're pleased to continue to provide hospice wrap-around services (including bereavement care services, support groups, and grief counseling for adults and children) and staff and volunteer trainings at Hopewell House," she wrote.
Nurses who provide hospice services in the homes of people who are dying will be based at Hopewell House for at least the next five months. Legacy also promised to make sure the Hopewell property is maintained and secure.
The building and property were donated to Hospice House Inc. in 1987 by the Hennningsen family estate. (See Opinion page.) In 1991, the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon took it over and renamed it Hopewell House Hospice. Hopewell was operated as a "center supporting those living with life-threatening illnesses." Some time between 1997 and 2003 (Terrett says he isn't sure when) it was taken over by the Legacy Visitng Nurses Association, which is listed on official documents as the current owner.
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