Hospice of Washington County and Brechbill & Helman sign contract to build Doey’s House!

Hospice of Washington County, Inc. and Brechbill and Helman Construction Company, Inc., general contractors, formally signed a contract  for the construction of Doey’s House, the first hospice house in Washington County.


“Our partner, Brechbill and Helman, in this vital venture for Washington County was selected after a rigorous evaluation and bid process,” stated Eric Klimes, CEO of Hospice of Washington County.


Brechbill and Helman Construction Company is a regional general contractor, construction management and design-build firm working in the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. They are a member of the Design-Build Institute of America, located in Washington DC. They have many notable clients including Universal Health Services, GIANT® Food Stores, Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, Hilton Worldwide, and Chambersburg Area Development Corporation (CADC).


“Brechbill and Helman are planning to complete the building project by the spring of 2017. We have full confidence in their capability and commitment,” stated Mr. Klimes. “In addition, they have donated $25,000 in pre-construction costs to the project, of which we are most appreciative.”


According to Gregg Thompson, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Brechbill and Helman Construction Company, “Our firm is honored to have been selected as the general contractor by Hospice of Washington County for Doey’s House. As a member of the design build team for the past two and a half years, we have come to marvel at the services, dedication and compassionate care for individuals faced with end of life issues.  We look forward to the completion of Doey’s House in the spring of 2017 and helping to complete the vision of the Glessner family and Hospice of Washington County for the first hospice house in Washington County.”


Mr. Klimes went on to state, “Hospice of Washington County’s Board of Directors supports the need in our community for a hospice house and the value it will be to our patients and families during the most vulnerable time of their lives.”

This commitment, coupled with the initial vision and dedication of local businessman Neal Glessner, led to the development of a hospice house known as Doey’s House. Neal personally realized the need for a hospice house in Washington County after experiencing the passing of his mother, Doris (“Doey”). Neal and his wife Mary chair a group of leaders in the community to fundraise for this important project through a capital/endowment campaign.


At the signing, Neal Glessner stated that he was extremely grateful to the community for the outpouring of generosity to the project and to the other members of the Leadership Team for Doey’s House for helping to bring this project to reality. He thanked Bushey Feight Morin Architects who was the first firm to step forward and gather other service firms together to donate over $200,000 in in-kind services. Mr. Glessner also announced that the groundbreaking would be on July 7, 2016 which is in honor of Doris Glessner’s birthday.


“We are still in need of assistance,” stated Mr. Glessner. “Our goal is $5 million dollars for the capital campaign, and we are currently at approximately $3.5 million. After this goal is reached, we will be raising $5 million for an endowment for Doey’s House to underwrite operational costs and charity care for patients so that no person is turned away, and everyone can die with dignity.”


Individuals and businesses have many options to become a part of this capital campaign, from sponsoring a personalized paver to underwriting one of the many important areas. Please call Hospice of Washington County’s Senior Director of Development, Community and PR Karen Giffin at 301-791-6360 to become part of this vital project to bring a hospice house to our community.