SCARBOROUGH — Hospice of Southern Maine (HSM) is pleased to announce the completion of its new Home Hospice Center. Located at 390 US Route 1 in Scarborough, the new 14,550 square foot building will be a homebase for HSM’s home care clinical teams that care for approximately 200 hospice patients every day across 68 towns and islands in southern and western Maine.
In addition to serving as a critical touchdown location for home hospice care teams, the new Center offers a Family Bereavement Suite for free community grief counseling, a Learning & Simulation Lab for state-of-the art hospice training, and large and bright Community Room for education, special events and volunteer training.
The Hospice Center project was funded by a successful capital campaign that surpassed the campaign’s original goal of $5.6 million, and has now raised $6.6 million to date from more than 600 community supporters.
“We are so grateful to the very generous donors who made this building possible, and we’re tremendously excited about the positive impact this new space will have on our community,” said Hospice of Southern Maine CEO Daryl Cady. “In addition to the increased number of hospice patients we will be able to support, Hospice of Southern Maine designed the new Hospice Center with long-term sustainability in mind. The building’s solar/geothermal system will supply 100 percent of the building’s energy needs with clean energy and dramatically lower CO2 emissions than traditional energy sources. As a healthcare and business leader in our community, we believe caring for the health of people and the environment go hand in hand.”
The near net-zero building will offset an estimated 223,979 pounds of CO2 annually, a 98 percent decrease in emissions that is roughly equivalent to removing 21 passenger cars from the road or saving 11,427 gallons of gasoline. Any excess solar power generated by the building will be used to supplement electricity needs at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
The solar/geothermal system will reduce Hospice of Southern Maine’s energy costs by an estimated 96 percent, creating a full return on investment within 18 years. Other energy efficient choices such as LED lighting, sensor-based lighting controls, and radiant flooring, will further contribute to decreased energy use and spending. Cost savings generated by the new center will be reinvested in care delivery for patients and their families, community programs such as education events and grief support groups, and workforce growth and development.
About Hospice of Southern Maine — Hospice of Southern Maine is a non-profit organization with the mission to provide compassion, care, and comfort through end of life. Formed through a collaborative effort among York and Cumberland County leaders and health care providers, Hospice of Southern Maine (HSM) organized in 2001 and began providing direct patient services in 2004. Today, HSM cares for more than 1,600 patients annually, at the patient’s home, current care facility, and Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, an 18-bed inpatient facility in Scarborough. HSM admits patients with a variety of diagnoses, including Alzheimer’s; heart, lung, and kidney diseases; stroke; Lou Gehrig’s disease; and cancer. Care is patient-centered with family support and provided by a comprehensive interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, aides, chaplains, grief counselors, and volunteers. Hospice of Southern Maine is a non-profit 501(c)3, Medicare certified state licensed agency, and the largest independent provider of hospice services in Southern Maine. To learn more, visit http://www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.