Agrace hospice center build on schedule

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Shelly Birkelo
Thursday, October 31, 2013

JANESVILLE—Since breaking ground in September, construction at the new Agrace Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 2901 N. Wright Road, has remained on schedule.

The 21,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in summer 2014, accrdring to Jayme Roth, Rock County development manager/general manager.

“Over the past month, foundation and footings were poured, sidewalks installed and now the process to install underground utilities has started,” she said.

The project involves a 10-month construction phase, Roth said.

“We're anticipating that we'll be able to open July 2014,” she said.

To date, $4.3 million has been raised.

“We still need to raise an additional $2 million (plus) for the ($6.5 million) project,” Roth said.

The facility will include 12 inpatient suites for acute care along with space for clinical home care operations, bereavement groups, staff and volunteer training plus community education and outreach.

For the 35 years, Agrace provides end-of-life care and related services to people in southern Wisconsin.

To boost fundraising efforts, Rock County residents will soon be invited to participate in a mail-in donation campaign. Roth also continues to meet with prospective individual and business donors.

“We'd like to have all 12 inpatient suites in Rock County named by a family or business prior to opening next summer,” she said.

Each suite costs $75,000. Like all Agrace gifts, costs can be pledged across five years, she said.

Promotion and information about the project also will be presented in different Rock County community meet and greet events. The first is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Edgerton Public Library, 101 Albion St.

Meanwhile, the nonprofit organization's 11,000-square-foot building at 3001 W. Memorial Drive will be listed for sale.

“It's all so exciting,” Roth said. “We've worked on this project for quite some time and to see it coming together is very moving.”

Task force meetings are taking place to ensure that when the center opens, services Agrace will provide are well planned and organized.

“There are a lot of logistics that go into planning," Roth said.

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