Governor's Office for Local Development
Richmond Hospice Care Plus Breaks Ground

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 14, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) awarded a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the city of Richmond to be used for the Richmond Hospice Care Plus Project.  Today, Senator Alice Forgy Kerr was on-hand to represent Governor Fletcher at the groundbreaking ceremony.

            “Hospice programs aid families in their greatest hour of need,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Richmond Hospice Care Plus is providing this service to those who need it, regardless of their ability to pay.  This will ease the minds of many families whose loved ones are in need of this service.”

            The city of Richmond will utilize CDBG funds to assist with the construction of a 16,000 square foot (SF) hospice inpatient facility on five acres of land.  When complete, the unit will provide care for patients and their families regardless of their ability to pay.  Patients admitted to the facility may need additional care for pain and symptom management, or may have no caregiver to provide assistance for them during their final weeks of life.  The non-profit has committed to creating approximately 30 new jobs to staff the facility.

       Senator Alice Forgy Kerr (R-Lexington) noted, "This funding has provided the final piece of financial support to get this project off the ground. I know how important this project is to the communities that are affected."

Senator Ed Worley (D-Richmond) said, “This service provides compassion and dignity to some of our most vulnerable citizens.  This project is important to Richmond and the surrounding counties.”

            Hospice Care Plus, Inc. has operated as a non-profit organization in Madison County since 1981.  Their mission is to provide care and services to terminally ill patients that reside in Estill, Lee, Madison, Owsley and Rockcastle Counties.  The proposed unit will have 12 patient beds and will be designed with adequate space for family members to stay overnight.  The building will also contain dining facilities and support service offices.

            Hospice care will be provided by a team of professionals that will include a chaplain, medical director, nursing assistant, pharmacist, primary care physician, registered nurse and social worker.

            This project has profound implications for those individuals who require hospice care.  Individuals will be able to receive the best medical care while being close to their family,” noted Representative Harry Moberly (D-Richmond).

            Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.