A fundraising campaign is now underway for the construction of an $8 million hospice inpatient facility that will go up on the southside of Fort Collins.
Pathways Hospice says the new facility will have enough room for a dozen beds and will be built on currently vacant property next to the company’s headquarters at 305 Carpenter Road.
Rooms will also be provided for family members staying overnight.
Additional features will include skylights, a spacious lobby, communal kitchen, and chapel.
The new facility is partly in response to demographic forecasts projecting a triple digit increase in area residents over the age of 65 in the next two decades.
In a statement, Nate Lamkin, the president of Pathways, said, “The time to build a stand-alone, inpatient hospice care center is now if we are going to meet the needs of our patients and families going forward.”
The structure will be especially designed to allow for the construction of additional space should it be needed in the future.
Pathways hopes to issue a formal construction request for the project sometime next month.
As proposed, the new facility will be a semi-circular structure, with a courtyard, garden, and patio space to the front and sides of the building.
In business since 1978, Pathways has seen its patient load increase by anywhere from 10 to 15 percent in recent years.
By Garry Boulard
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