By: Lanetra Bennett
May 21, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning for the new Jean McCully Family House at Big Bend Hospice.
The building will expand the organization's ability to serve those in the community with life-limiting illnesses.
It's named after board member Jean McCully, who officials say is a driving force in the creation of big bend hospice more than 30 years ago. Hospice administrators say McCully has continued to be a passionate and tireless supporter of the organization's mission within the community.
McCully was present at today's ceremony. She says she's honored for the building to be named after her; but, she gives credit to donors, board members, and community members.
She says, "I appreciate everything you've done to help us raise the money to build Hospice to be the best hospice in this community."
Officials say the Family House will provide much-needed space for families and friends of patients in a family-centered environment.
The building is expected to be completed in about a year.
At the same time, Big Bend Hospice is renovating the Margaret Z. Dozier Hospice House to ensure that patients have the best care and services they can provide.
Visit www.bigbendhospice.org for more information.
Press Release: Big Bend Hospice
Tallahassee, Fla. - Community leaders, elected officials and medical professionals will gather at Big Bend Hospice on Tuesday, May 21, for a dedication ceremony and groundbreaking event designed to expand the organization's ability to serve those in the community with life-limiting illnesses. The ceremony and groundbreaking for the new "Jean McCully Family House" will take place from 10 - 11:30 a.m., along with an announcement about the upgrading of the Margaret Z. Dozier Hospice House facility.
Expected speakers for the groundbreaking event are:
- Cathy Adkison, Chief Executive Officer and President, Big Bend Hospice
- Nigel Allen, Executive Director, Big Bend Hospice Foundation
- Steve Mindlin, Chairman, Big Bend Hospice
- Ron Tate, Chairman, Big Bend Hospice Foundation
- Sen. Bill Montford
- Leon County Commissioner Kristen Dozier
- Tallahassee Mayor John Marks
- Marjorie Turnbull, Campaign Chair, Big Bend Hospice
- Jean McCully
The construction of the Jean McCully Family House will provide much-needed space for families and friends of patients in a family-centered environment. Additionally, Big Bend Hospice will add bedside oxygen and suction in all patient bedrooms in the Margaret Z. Dozier Hospice House enabling Big Bend Hospice to provide around-the-clock service to patients who otherwise would have to spend their final days in an ICU or hospital setting.
"It's a great day for Big Bend Hospice and for the community," said Marjorie Turnbull, chair of Our House: The Campaign for Big Bend Hospice. "The renovations of the Hospice House and the construction of the Family House are important upgrades for an organization that is such a vital part of our community."
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Big Bend Hospice serves eight counties in the North Florida area with compassionate end-of-life care along with grief and loss counselors available to provide information and support to anyone in Leon, Jefferson, Taylor, Madison, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin or Wakulla counties. For additional information about services or how to contribute to the "Our House" fundraising campaign, please call 850-878-5310 or visit www.bigbendhospice.org