The construction of the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care at DHMC continues. If you, as I, have regular business at DHMC, you may have noticed the incremental changes as you have driven by the site each week. The structure is taking shape; the roof looks near-finished. The Center is expected to open in December 2017.
The building has "an abundance of natural light and wood and stone accents, every space is designed to comfort and nurture patients, families, staff and volunteers." There will be spaces for producing and enjoying art and music, sun rooms, gardens, a chapel with a window designed by artist Sabra Field (read more about it here), and a common great room.
The great room
While many of the Center's programs will focus on providing care in the community, 12 spacious patient rooms will be available on site. Patient rooms have individual private outdoor decks.
In 2014, the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation donated $10 million to start the Center. Additional funds are being sought. Further information about the Center and about donating can be found on its webpage.
Artist's renderings used with permission of DHMC.
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Susan B. Apel, writer, ArtfulEdge