Legacy Health has announced its intention to sell Hopewell House. They will officially list the building and property for sale at the beginning of 2021, giving us, Friends of Hopewell House (FHH), until the end of the year to come up with the funds to purchase it. We anticipate the need to raise approximately 5 million dollars.
Dr. Eric Walsh brings his years of hospice experience to the board of Friends of Hopewell House. His wealth of experience includes Hospice Medical Director at Housecall Providers, and hospice medical director at the Bronx Hospice Visiting Nurse Service of New York when the AIDS epidemic was in the acceleration phase...
A dear friend of mine was at Hopewell House several years ago until his passing. He did not have any family left and his stay at Hopewell House was like home. All of us that came to visit with him each day were always warmly welcomed by the staff and volunteers. There were always snacks and beverages available to visitors on the big dining room table. I was told that the baked goods had been donated by the local bakeries, family members, and staff. The quality of care and dignity that was given to him by the staff was so heartfelt.
He had many friends that were musically talented and would arrive with their instruments…harp, violin, guitar, and play soft music while we visited.
As his time to leave drew near, the nurses checked on him very frequently and kept us informed during the process. It was a beautiful fall day and a large Japanese maple tree stood outside the window of his room, in all of its fall splendor. One of the nurses came in and opened the window just a little bit and said that this would make it easier for his spirit to pass on. All of us were so touched by this gesture and by the very simple ceremonial touches after his passing....a toast to his life with sparkling cider served to all of us and candlelight in the entry foyer that would be left on for a certain amount of time to honor him.
This is the kind of dignity and honoring of human life that would only occur at a place like Hopewell House. I’ve experienced hospice care for several friends and family over the years in the institutional settings of hospitals and nursing homes and found it to be lukewarm, at best, and impersonal. During those times, I wished that there were more places like Hopewell House.
If Hopewell House were to close it would absolutely be a great loss for our community. It’s a valuable treasure in our extended communities that should be sustained