HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - After only two years of planning and fundraising, dreams of the Asbury Hospice House took one more step to becoming a reality. First announced back in 2013, by the Forrest-General Healthcare Foundation, groundbreaking took place Monday to begin construction of the facility.
The success of the $5 million campaign was made possible by donations of land, the foundation's volunteers and community support. The Asbury Hospice House will help those patients who need around the clock care, but may not have the caregivers who can provide that at home.
Forrest-General Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Martha Dearman was at the ceremony and said that she is amazed at the progress that has been made possible by the community.
“It is a very important type of care at the end of someone's life and it is a very specialized care and it's something we just don't have that we will. We're just so thankful for everyone in this community for helping make this a reality," Dearman said. “It has been an exciting two years and if you had told me two years ago that we'd already be breaking ground just the second year into a three year campaign, I wouldn't have believed it, but I'm very excited and can't wait to see the doors open.”
The Asbury Hospice House will provide a home-like setting with around-the-clock support, while providing for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient and family. Care will be family focused, allowing the patient to have the security of loved ones by his or her side.
Asbury Hospice House features will include:
· A home nestled on almost five acres in a natural serene environment.
· 12-patient rooms serving 19 counties across South Mississippi.
· A Great Room for families and friends to gather any time of the day or night.
· Large patient rooms with a comfortable setting for guests and space for pictures and mementos from home.
· Peaceful gardens will surround the house with beautiful landscaping.
· A chapel that is open day and night for times of spiritual reflection.
· A common dining area and kitchen where families can gather for support and comfort.
· A patio to relax and enjoy beautiful weather and natural sounds.
Construction of the new facility should be completed by the end of 2016.