says it has plans to build an eight-bed inpatient care facility on Meeting House Lane in Quiogue. The initiative was announced at a press conference on Thursday.
“This facility is a natural extension of our mission,” said Priscilla Ruffin, president and CEO of the 20-year-old East End Hospice. “It allows us to diversify the options available to terminally ill patients on the East End and offer a welcoming homelike alternative when they cannot stay in their own homes.”
Aside from in-house support for terminally ill patients, Ruffin said the facility will “offer temporary care, support and hospitable accommodations to patients who may want to return home.”
The $10 million facility will feature private rooms large enough to accommodate overnight guests, Ruffin said.. The rooms will include a private bathroom and walkout terrace that will overlook Aspatuck Creek.
In addition, the facility will have a family room, fireplace, family bathroom with shower, a reflection room for family members, an enclosed sun porch and a courtyard with garden. Patients will also have access to a spa room that will incorporate a state-of-the art ultrasonic bath that East End Hospice says has healing benefits.
The project, Ruffin said, has been long envisioned by East End Hospice’s volunteer board of directors and after several years of planning and fund-raising, Ruffin said the board is ready to bring the project to fruition.
To date, East End Hospice has raised just over $4 million for the project. Another $6 million is expected to be raised through a fund-raising project called Building the Dream.
That effort will kick-off on Saturday at a summer gala at Sandacres estate in Quogue. Radio host Bonnie Grice has been named master of ceremonies, which will feature the Sean Fleming Band, silent auctions, casino gaming and food provided by Beth D’Alessio. For tickets to the gala, call 631-288-7080.