The county will operate the 14-bed inpatient hospice as a nonprofit affiliated with Riverside Rest Home, which is also county-run. The two sites will share some staff and resources to keep costs down, County Administrator
"This is exactly what we hoped," said
Hyder House was the only inpatient hospice in
The county-run Hyder House will have an "open-admission concept" that allows patients to continue seeing nurses, doctors, chaplains and social workers from home-based hospice companies after they arrive at Hyder for end-of-life care. This creates continuity for the patient and reduces Hyder's staffing needs, Bower said.
The county owns the facility without a mortgage and does not need to pay property taxes, which substantially reduce overhead.
"Our cost to run it is going to be several hundred thousand dollars less than theirs," Bower said, referring to
The hospice is projected to pay for itself through patient services and reimbursements from
Case became familiar with the Hyder House when her mother spent her final days at the facility in 2013.
"Mom got to live the last three days of her life well. It's not a house of death; it was so peaceful for us to be with her," Case said Monday.
"I will forever be indebted to them," she added.
Case, who is supported by co-chair
"Whatever the county needs us to do, we're going to help them out," Case said.
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