Hendrick announces $10 million hospice facility to be built

ABILENE, Texas - An Abilene hospital announced a new $10.4 million hospice facility.

Hendrick Medical Center made the announcement Monday night, after raising more than half of the money needed to complete the project.

The building will be 40,000 square-feet and be on nine acres of land, two blocks from the main Hendrick campus. The facility will have sixteen patient rooms and room to expand to eight more.

The announcement came during the 30th anniversary celebration. 

"Our hospice program started right here in Abilene in very humble beginnings" Hendrick CEO Tim Lancaster said. "[It started] in a garage apartment behind the Church of the Heavenly Rest. Over these last 30 years it has grown tremendously."

Hendrick Hospice Director Karen Tucek said it will be great to finally have all the staff and services in one place.

"Right now we have part of our staff at the hospital, part of our staff in between three buildings, and we have another group of staff that offers bereavement services off campus," Tucek said.

Groundbreaking for the facility will be in February 2015. It's scheduled to be ready for the public in May of 2016.

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