Plans Move Forward for Hospice

Sheridan Media reported that late last year, employees at Sheridan Memorial Hospital voted to donate funds to the hospital's project to build a new hospice house in the community. Sheridan Media reporter Pat Blair recently spoke with the hospital's CEO about the status of that project.

Sheridan Memorial Hospital provides a hospice service, but there is no separate hospice house. The hospital is working to change that, according to CEO Mike McCafferty. He said construction of a hospice house is part of the hospital's strategic plan.

The hospital has acquired land for the facility. The CEO said the site is west of the hospital on West Fifth Street in Sheridan, near the Hidden Bridges Golf Course. He said costs are unknown at this time, because the project is still in the conceptual stages of planning.

But at a breakfast late last year, hosptal employees who are members of the hospital foundation voted to use the money they contribute to the foundation for the hospice. Foundation spokeswoman Meredith Sopko said the employees' contribution is nearly $31,000.

The hospital CEO said the hospice is a big project.

He said the size of project means that time will be needed to get funds together. But he added the hospice will be a great project for the hospital's future in this community.