If you are receiving this first edition of the Hopewell House newsletter, it is likely because you are among the 2,000+ kind people who contacted us with your concerns following Legacy Health’s decision to close the in-patient hospice last September.
Much has happened since then...and continues to happen. Friends of Hopewell House (FHH) was immediately formed in response to Legacy’s announcement.
We have organized as an Oregon corporation and are awaiting finalization of our non-profit status from the IRS.
We are in
on-going discussions with Legacy Health about the future use of the House. The current coronavirus crisis understandably slowed those discussions. In the meantime, Legacy uses the building for home hospice administration, bereavement support, and home hospice volunteer coordination.
Our hearts are with everyone at Legacy and all the hard working people in all our health and hospice systems right now.
Committed to a future for Hopewell House Hospice – preferably in its previous idyllic location, but, if need be, elsewhere in Portland – our Working Group has met nearly every Saturday morning since the closure. Approximately 20 regularly attend, including past staff, volunteers, friends, family members of patients, and community leaders and experts from various fields.
We explore clinical models, financial issues, future staffing, necessary credentials and a host of other topics. We are studying other hospice programs locally and around the country in an effort to find
a new in-patient hospice model that is both financially viable yet true to Hopewell House’s history and commitment to serving patients, their families and friends in home-like setting
. Our search has taken us to 12 other programs, some as far away as Dayton, Ohio and Tulsa, Oklahoma and others as close as Medford, Albany, Longview, and Vancouver.
Thank you for your caring and support.
And for those new to Hopewell House, welcome. We hope you too will become part of our story and our future.
Hopewell House Founder
Friends of Hopewell House President