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St. Charles’ $400K contribution helps Partners In Care reach campaign milestone
St. Charles is contributing $400,000 to Partners In Care to support the construction of a 12-bed specialty hospital—called Hospice House—that is designed for hospice patients who need short-term end-of-life care in a homelike environment.
The gift is the third largest made to Partners In Care, helping the organization pass the $4 million mark in its $6 million fundraising campaign.
“We are enormously grateful to St. Charles for this leadership gift and will use it wisely as we complete construction of Hospice House. It represents the beginning of a new chapter in our relationship that dates all the way back to 1979 when (former St. Charles president and CEO) Sister Catherine Hellmann championed for hospice care in Central Oregon,” said Eric Alexander, president and CEO of Partners In Care.”
The gift—which is being jointly made by the St. Charles Foundation and St. Charles Health System’s Community Benefit Program—will help Partners In Care replace its current six-bed unit with a new 14,600-square-foot standalone facility on Partner In Care’s campus in Bend. The iconic chapel will be dedicated to the legacy of Sister Catherine and overlooks the unique water feature and “wispy” garden.
Once open, Hospice House will double the number of available beds at Partners In Care, essentially ending its waitlist for services. That means more patients from St. Charles and other hospice providers can be admitted when the need arises for more intensive end-of-life care.
“The St. Charles Foundation’s contribution to the new Partners In Care in-patient facility is a commitment to compassionate care for all members of our communities,” said Connie Newport, chair of the St. Charles Foundation Board of Directors. “It is also a step in solidifying our partnership with Partners In Care and we congratulate them on this achievement. Most families will experience the need for this type of support at some point and we encourage them to take a tour and consider a personal donation.”
About St. Charles Health System
St. Charles Health System, Inc., headquartered in Bend, Ore., owns and operates St. Charles Bend, Madras, Prineville and Redmond. It also owns family care clinics in Bend, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, Redmond and Sisters. St. Charles is a private, not-for-profit Oregon corporation and is the largest employer in Central Oregon with more than 4,600 caregivers. In addition, there are more than 350 active medical staff members and nearly 200 visiting medical staff members who partner with the health system to provide a wide range of care and service to our communities.