Agrace: Anonymous gift allows Agrace to begin construction of 12-bed center for hospice & palliative care

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Groundbreaking to take place Tuesday

JANESVILLE, Wis. – Agrace today announced that a $2 million gift pledged by anonymous donors allows construction to begin on the new Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care. Agrace is a local, nonprofit palliative care and hospice agency that has provided end-of-life care and related services to people in southern Wisconsin communities for 35 years.

The anonymous lead gift of $2 million brings the total project fundraising to nearly $4.3 million, which surpasses the amount needed to begin construction. A public campaign to raise the remaining $2.2 million will now begin, and a ceremonial ground breaking event is planned for September 24 at 11 a.m. at the new site. The public is welcome to attend.

The 21,000 square foot facility, to be built at 2901 N. Wright Road in Janesville, will feature 12 inpatient suites for acute care along with space for clinical home care operations, bereavement groups, staff and volunteer training, community education and outreach. Construction of the center is expected to take ten months with an anticipated opening in summer 2014.

“This is a wonderful gift to the Janesville community that will allow Agrace to meet growing demand for hospice services and an immediate need for inpatient hospice beds in Rock County,” said Agrace CEO Lynne Myers. “Once construction is complete, this center will ensure that anyone in Janesville and our surrounding communities who needs our compassionate, high-quality care will receive it.”

The Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care will be completely funded through community support, and donations to the Agrace Foundation are still needed. To donate or request more information, please call Jayme Roth at (608) 755-1871 or donate online at www.agrace.org/campaign