New hospice house takes shape
Trey Malicoat has a grand vision for the new Signature Hospice House in Beaverton.
'This is going to be an incredible property for an end-of-life campus,' he said as he toured the 4.15-acre property at 7100 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road. 'We want to make this a welcoming place that will look like a great big, comfortable house, but it will also be a highly sophisticated medical facility.
'I want this to be an intergenerational place that works to dispel the myths around death and dying.'
Opening the 9,000-square-foot house and wooded grounds to patients March 7 is the first step.
The former McGinnis homestead is undergoing a major remodel, keeping Sante Development crews hopping.
The mansion was stripped to the studs and its interior completely renovated into a home-like setting for up to 12 patients designed by Eric Micheal Designs to create a sense of warmth and comfort.
'This is going to be so much more than a building when we're done,' said Malicoat, president of Signature Hospice. 'It's what happens in this building that will be so special.'
When the transformation is complete, Signature Hospice House will be the second freestanding hospice home in the Portland metropolitan area.
Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, emotional support and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patients' needs and wishes as they face death. Patients' family members receive support as well and are encouraged to spend as much quality time as they can with their loved one.
'The work we do boldly enhances the lives of people we serve,' Malicoat said. 'We do the little things that make a big difference.
'This house is a big thing that will make a huge difference in patients' last days.'
The spacious home features three wings with individual rooms for patients, sprawling patios, a large living room with four seating areas for families and a full dining area that will offer complete meals for patients and families.
It is licensed as a specialty hospital.
'Most of the patients who we serve only have five to seven days to live,' said Jane Brandes, chief of operations. 'We serve those who are in the dying process - when there isn't hope for any treatment and their care needs are so great that they need skilled management.
'There's been a gap in the provision of the kind of service we will be providing to families. Opening this house is like a dream come true. It's really phenomenal to see everything coming together after talking about it for four years and dreaming about it for 10.'
Brandes has already lined up the leadership team for Signature Hospice House and is in the recruitment process for physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, counselors and trained volunteers to provide 24-hour care.
A Heart of Hospice recruitment fair is planned for Feb. 14. Details about the fair and available job opportunities can be found at www.signaturehospice.com.
In the meantime, Signature Hospice is searching for original artwork to grace its walls, welcome patients and share visions of hope, love, vitality and peace.
An anonymous donor, who's son received end-of-life care from Signature Hospice, is offering a $1,000 prize for art that best captures that vision.
He challenged artists to use their talents to create what may be the last image a dying patient sees. His only stipulation is that the artwork is a symbol of love, life and hope.
To submit art and for details about art donation, contact Trey Malicoat, 503-962-9933.
Art concepts are now being accepted and it is hoped that the work can be completed in time for the March 7 grand opening. Local artists are also being sought to create a juried panel for the $1,000 prize.