Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Certification for Bonita Springs Hospice Received, Building Campaign Set to Begin

Hope Hospice and Palliative Care will soon begin a building fund campaign for a new facility in Bonita Springs.

On February 28, 2003, the state of Florida granted a Certificate of Need to the organization. The Certificate of Need, a regulatory approval for new or expanded healthcare services, allows Hope Hospice to open the inpatient facility.

“Receiving the Certificate of Need is the first step in providing a state-of-the-art, end of life care facility for people in south Lee County,” said Samira Beckwith, President and CEO. Formal planning for the new facility is nearing completion; a site for the house has yet to be determined. The building will encompass approximately 52,000 square feet - accommodating 24 beds, 16 for critical care and 8 for residential services.