Hospice gets $27,000 toward new facility

Money to help break ground on short-term care facility and administrative office building

September 21, 2011
  • The board of directors of Hospice of the Panhandle recognized municipal and county governments Wednesday for supporting Hospice's "Building the Dream" capital campaign. Pictured are, from left, Hedgesville (W.Va.) Mayor Mary Sue Catlett, Jefferson County (W.Va.) Commissioner Frances Morgan, Hospice board President G.T. Schramm, Martinsburg (W.Va.) Mayor George Karos, Jefferson County Commission President Patsy Noland, Hospice CEO Margaret Cogswell, Martinsburg City Councilman Max Parkinson, Jefferson County Commissioner Dale Manuel and Jefferson County Administrator Tim Boyde.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The board of directors of Hospice of the Panhandle on Wednesday said it has received $27,000 in donations from several government entities in the Eastern Panhandle.

The nonprofit organization received contributions from the city of Martinsburg, Jefferson County Commission, town of Hedgesville and city of Ranson for the "Building the Dream" capital campaign, hospice said in a news release.

"We are so grateful to the government groups who have signed on to date," said G.T. Schramm, hospice board and campaign chairman. "We are truly blessed to live in a community where so many recognize the service that hospice provides, allowing people to live in dignity in their final days."

The money will help the nonprofit organization break ground on an $11 million short-term care facility and administrative office building in Kearneysville, W.Va., the release said.

The organization said it has raised $2.65 million of the $3 million it needs to break ground on the 14-bed care facility and office building, which will consolidate the operations of five hospice offices in Berkeley and Jefferson counties.

The city of Martinsburg allocated $10,000 toward the project.

"This was about making a commitment to an organization that has a 30-plus-year history in this community," Martinsburg Mayor George Karos said. "We were happy to be able to help. Having quality end-of-life care is what Hospice of the Panhandle is dedicated to, and this project is all about offering just one more level of care in the services hospice provides."

The organization said Karos also made a "large" personal commitment to the project.

The Jefferson County Commission also made a $10,000 commitment.

Jefferson County Commission President Patsy Noland, who also made a personal commitment, has been assisting Hospice of the Panhandle for the past three years in the fundraising effort, the release said.

"There is no one in our community who at one time hasn't or won't be touched by hospice," Noland said. "This project is so important. It will offer inpatient care for patients and families in the program."

The town of Hedgesville donated $5,000 to the capital campaign.

Hedgesville Mayor Mary Sue Catlett has assisted hospice in fundraising efforts and also contributed a personal gift.

"I'm really happy that we — the town of Hedgesville — got the ball rolling early on," Catlett said.

The city of Ranson gave a $2,000 gift to the campaign.

Margaret Cogswell, chief executive officer of the hospice, said the organization hopes to break ground on the project later this year.

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