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Agrace ready to unveil new Janesville inpatient facility

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Shelly Birkelo
June 18, 2014

JANESVILLE—Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care invites the public to tour its new inpatient facility at 2901 N. Wright Road on Saturday.

Fundraising started in 2010. Construction on the only freestanding facility of its kind in Rock County started in September.

Donations plus proceeds from the sale of Agrace's 11,182-square-foot building at 3001 W. Memorial Drive to Crystal Consulting will cover $4.9 million of the $6.5 million cost of the 21,000-square-foot project, said Jayme Roth, Rock County development manager and general manager for Agrace.

Fundraising continues to cover the remaining $1.6 million, she said.

“We're having significant conversations with some local donors so feel very good about the campaign,” Roth said.

“There's still lots of naming opportunities,” she said.

The facility will be a resource for people facing life-limiting illness and for people grieving the loss of a loved one.

Staff moves into the building Tuesday. Patients start using the facility July 1.

Workers this week were busy inside and outside of the building putting on finishing touches.

The lobby will feature a hospitality volunteer who will have access to wheelchairs for arriving patients.

"This is where all visitors and patients arrive, whether they are here to visit a loved one, train or attend a grief group," Roth said.

A reflection room outside the patient and staff wings will be used for grief groups or family meetings.

A donor wall recognizes those who contributed $2,500 or more.

The Rockport Room and Riverside Room, named after city parks, can be combined to create a large community room or partitioned for meetings, staff education, grief groups or volunteering training. The rooms have a sink, ceiling-mounted projectors and tables on wheels.

“The intent was to make the space multipurpose,” Roth said.

Across the hall is a palliative care exam room and staff break room with lockers and an office for staff visiting from Agrace's Fitchburg headquarters.

The inpatient unit houses a wing facing Sandhill Drive and a wing facing Wright Road. The 12 spacious suites, including one double room for couples or pediatric patients, have linen closets, wardrobes with extra chairs, family nooks with sleeper sofas, tables, chairs, a TV and privacy curtain.

Patient beds and recliners are on wheels and can be rolled onto private patios. Oxygen tanks and other medical equipment are confined to cabinets "to alleviate the site of medical equipment and create a bedroom like at home," said Liz Kopling, director of marketing and communications.

Each wing has four closets to conceal carts for delivering meals, medications or supplies to create an atmosphere more like home, Roth said.

The Family Room has access to a patio and kitchenette and space to play cards, socialize or have a potluck.

The family pantry will have water and coffee plus a vending machine that includes toiletries. A spacious spa room features heat lamps, decorative curtains and a simple design for patient baths and showers.

Patio benches indicate donors' names. Landscaping will evolve.

“This is (making) history,” Roth said. “There's never been a free-standing inpatient hospice facility in Rock County.”

The only other one is Agrace's faciilty 35 miles away in Fitchburg, Kopling said.

Agrace staff will be on hand Saturday to answer questions and provide more information.



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