What started as idea is almost a reality, as Doey’s House, an end of life care facility in Washington County, is set to break ground this spring.
“Well a lot of great communities have hospice houses and it’s Hagerstown’s turn,” said Neal Glessner, the leadership committee chair of Doey’s House.
The home is named in honor of Neal Glessner’s mother, Doris “Doey” Glessner. Glessner said the idea came to him while he was searching for a comfortable place for his mother in the final days of her fight with ovarian cancer.
“I found out through her whole ordeal what a need we had in this community for a hospice house,” said Glessner. “Hospitals and nursing homes have very different goals and objectives than what a family member would have for a loved one in their final days; Doey’s House will accommodate that.”
Officials said the home will have 12 large private patient rooms.
“There’s a meditation room, there’s a laundry room where the family can do laundry, there is a kitchen area where they can heat some meals, and children’s area,” said Karen Giffin, the senior director of development/community and public relations for the Hospice of Washington County. “So it’s built as a home.”
Recently, the Washington County Planning Commission approved the site plans for the facility, and the $5 million capital campaign has raised more than $2.8 million.
“The community is so supportive and they want the hospice house; they see the need,” said Giffin.
“I think after we see this facility comforting people is when it will really hit us, and make us realize what we are doing here,” said Glessner.
Officials are also raising money for a $5 million endowment to help those who would be living in the facility.
Those who want to donate to the facility can also purchase a stone engraved with the name of a loved one, which will be placed around the facility.