Whatcom Hospice House hosts open house Aug. 21

The Bellingham Business Journal

After a decade of planning and fundraising by Whatcom Hospice Foundation (WHF), the region’s first hospice house is set to open in mid-September.

Community members can visit the new 12-bed Whatcom Hospice House before it opens during a community open house from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 at 2806 Douglas Ave. in Bellingham.

The open house will include self-guided tours, with information provided about hospice care and Whatcom Hospice House, as well as a labyrinth vigil and walk hosted by Laughing Flower Labyrinth and Landscape Company. Parking at the site is limited and carpooling is recommended.

The new Whatcom Hospice House is an extension of the Whatcom Hospice program, which has cared for patients in their homes or other community settings since the 1980s, and will be a service of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.

Each year, more than 200 people are admitted to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center for end-of-life care, and those patients will have a more comfortable and family-centered option for hospice care when the new facility opens on Sept. 16.

The nearly $6 million project was made possible through support of Whatcom Hospice Foundation donors, construction community partners and the WHF Board of Directors.

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