Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Open House and Community Tours Slated for Doey’s House

Hospice of Washington County Inc. (HWC) will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open house on September 7 at 11 a.m. in honor of Doey’s House, the first hospice house in Washington County. Community Tours are being held on September 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on September 8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

“The Ribbon Cutting is a celebration for the entire community, and I encourage everyone to attend,” stated Tom Newcomer, Chair of the HWC Board of Directors. “This project could not have happened without the support of so many individuals and organizations. There was an outpouring of support for this project, and it showcased that the mission of Hospice touches everyone.”

HWC has been offering high quality end-of-life care for over 37 years. The organization serves their patients wherever they live through an interdisciplinary approach to each individual and family. However, sometimes the option of staying in their home is not viable when pain and symptoms need to be managed at a more intense level of care for a period of time; a hospice house is the perfect option. At present, those needing or wanting a hospice house setting for this pain and symptom management have only one option – to leave the county. This led HWC to build Doey’s House, a 12-bed inpatient hospice house that will provide general inpatient, respite services and short-term residential care for hospice patients right here in Washington County.

The new hospice house was started because of the vision and commitment of Neal Glessner. Neal realized the need for a hospice house in our community when trying to find placement for his terminally ill mother, Doris “Doey” Glessner.  Neal and Mary Glessner chaired a group of leaders in the community to fundraise for this important project through a $5,000,000 Capital Campaign and $5,000,000 Endowment Campaign.

“It is my distinct pleasure to be starting my first week at HWC and also be able to help launch the start of our wonderful new facility with the ribbon cutting ceremony  of Doey’s House,” stated HWC’s CEO Ernesto Lopez. “It is our continued focus to provide the very best end-of-life care for all our patients in their homes, nursing homes, assisted living homes, hospitals and now Doey’s House. We want to provide our community with the opportunity for choice and to be able to experience the end of life transition with dignity, respect, and comfort.”

The hospice house is located at 11370 Caring Pathway Lane in Hagerstown which is behind Meritus Medical Center. The land for the facility was donated by Meritus Health. The inpatient facility has 12 patient rooms and is 16,500 square feet. It has the amenities for patients and families such as one would have at their home including a family dining room, meditation room, library, children’s playroom, great room and sun porch. Each patient room has a private area for families to stay and a patio.

Individuals attending the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony can park at Meritus Medical Center in the back, Silver parking lot starting with Row #33 which is adjacent to the tree line on the right side of the ring road after passing the Emergency Room. Shuttles will bring attendees to the ceremony beginning at 10:15 a.m.

Individuals and businesses who would like to attend can call HWC’s Development Department at 301-791-6360 or email kmgiffin@hospiceofwc.org.