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Hillsdale hospice home slated to reopen next spring, after purchase from Legacy Health

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - A tour group checks out the sunroom at the Hopewell House., Southwest Community Connection - News With $2.5 million in donations, Portland's only hospice home could see patients again next spring Nonprofit aims to reopen Hopewell House in 2022After more than a year of fundraising and outreach, Legacy Health has agreed to sell its Hopewell House hospice care home to the nonprofit group Friends of Hopewell House.

The historic 12-room mansion in Hillsdale operated as a dedicated hospice facility until 2019, when Legacy Health suspended end-of-life care operations due to financial instability. Legacy cited decreasing Medicare insurance reimbursements and new insurance regulations that limited the number of patients in the facility.

Almost immediately, Friends of Hopewell House formed and began efforts to acquire the property and reopen it as a hospice care home. The group raised $2.7 million, thanks in large part to generous donations from benefactors like Priscilla Bernard Wieden and Dan Wieden, Marcia Randall, and Joe Weston. To facilitate the transfer, Legacy Health knocked $1 million off the sale price as a donation to the nonprofit group.

"We are thrilled Legacy Health was able to donate $1 million of the asking price to Friends of Hopewell House so they can continue the spirit of comfort and support for hospice patients and their loved ones," said Maureen Bradley, Legacy Health senior vice president, development and community engagement officer.

Friends of Hopewell House told Pamplin Media Group in July that it had acquired the funds to purchase the home and operate it for the first five years. The group will rely on partnerships and agreements with local healthcare companies, rather than directly billing insurance companies. Care will be provided by a combination of Hopewell staff and outside nurses.

Plans were to sell Hopewell House on the open market on January 1, 2021. However, Legacy delayed listing the property to offer Friends of Hopewell House the opportunity to raise funds to purchase the property.

Friends of Hopewell aims to reopen the hospice home in spring 2022, making it the only dedicated hospice care facility in the Portland metro region.

"This incredible gift from Legacy Health is proof that they truly understand how important innovative, compassionate care is for patients, for their families, and the whole community," said Joan Strong Buell, founder of Hopewell House who now serves as president of Friends of Hopewell House. "It's impossible to overstate what Hopewell House means to Southwest Portland's Hillsdale neighborhood and the city as a whole, which is once again, gaining more than a home; it's a vital resource for compassion and understanding."

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