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Hospice of the Panhandle: Building the Dream

The Hospice of the Panhandle is now closer to the finish line of building their dream. They showed of their new campus to the public Thursday featuring two new buildings.
MARTINSBURG, WV - The Hospice of the Panhandle is now closer to the finish line of building their dream. They showed of their new campus to the public Thursday featuring two new buildings.

"To see it coming to reality it's almost overwhelming," says CEO Margaret Cogswell.

Cogswell had this vision for the Hospice since it was created in 1980.

She says the 19 acre campus straddles the Berkeley and Jefferson County line for accessibility.

One building will be a consolidated main office space for about 100 employees.

The second building is an inpatient hospice house with 14 patient rooms and family areas.

Construction will be finished by the end of 2013, and ready for service by early next year.

Cogswell says, "The goal is to have people in a place that's more home-like, that has a staff that's specifically trained in comfort riented care, that knows the best in pain and symptom management and can truly support families as well as patients."

And building the dream certainly hasn't been cheap. It's got a total price tag of $11.6 million.

But perhaps because the Hospice has such an intimate connection with the community, locals have pledged $3.6 million to go towards the project.

"Everyone somehow has been touched by hospice," says Development Director Maria Lorensen. "If not your families, then your friends, someone in another community that you know."

And that includes everyone who is supporting this project, even the hands involved in the construction process..

W Harley Miller Contractors Diane Dailey says, "If you've ever had a love one that's needed service it's absolutely fabulous. It just makes you feel so much better about the person you care about."
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