Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island Opens New Faciltiy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, the state’s largest and most comprehensive provider of hospice and palliative care, is moving into a new home at 1085 North Main Street in Providence, culminating three years of reconstruction that gives the agency expanded space for services and offices, 24 new and private, inpatient hospice beds and the state’s first environmentally certified health care facility.

“We are here to serve Rhode Islanders, to treat the medical needs and alleviate the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual pain of patients with life-threatening illnesses and to offer support to their families and friends,” said Diana Franchitto, Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island president/CEO. “This new will serve multiple functions and allow us to expand and enhance the services we provide. Most importantly, the facility will improve access to hospice inpatient care while providing an environment that offers patients, families and staff the fullest sense of safety, sanctuary and comfort.”

The agency, which has served Rhode Islanders for more than 30 years, will move its staff and services from its longtime headquarters on George Street in Pawtucket, from its Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center on Maude Street and other offices in Providence to its new facility in Providence.

The new facility:HHPCRI building

  • Increases the agency’s inpatient capacity from 10 to 24 beds and from 5,000 to 22,000 square feet;
  • Allows clinical team members to interact face-to-face daily, improving communication and patient care;
  • Enlarges the agency’s space for clinical training for medical students and in-service training for its staff;
  • Presents the agency with the opportunity to educate the public about hospice and palliative care;
  • Provides modern, comfortable and convenient space for community groups to meet;
  • Gives Rhode Island its only free-standing hospice inpatient center and first fully operational LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified health care facility; and
  • Overall, helps advance the agency’s mission to provide compassionate, professional, state-of-the-art care for people facing life-threatening illness at any stage of life and in any setting;

“Our vision of the perfect hospice atmosphere for patients, their families and staff has come to fruition,” said Jack Treanor, chairman of Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island. “Through innovative and creative planning, thoughtful design, and the pursuit of LEED certification, 1085 North Main Street has become a national model for urban hospice care, a place where critically ill patients and their families will be able to find peace and dignity at life’s end right within the urban core of Rhode Island.”

The LEED initiative, through a quasi-governmental organization, works to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth. In striving for LEED certification, this project used 95% of the existing building, used recycled materials for 10% of new construction and locally produced materials wherever possible and recycled demolition and construction waste. The new facility also will filter rain water and return it to the ground, get 35% of its power from renewable sources and have the highest possible indoor air quality. Other environmentally friendly features include low-flow plumbing fixtures, chemicals that do not deplete ozone, reflective roofing, exterior lighting that does not pollute the night sky, natural light in 90 percent of its interior spaces and landscaping with native plants that do not require irrigation.

Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island acquired its new building for $4 million in 2006 when the Summit Nursing Facility went into receivership. The state’s Department of Health approved the expanded inpatient services in 2007. Vision 3 Architects of Providence designed the $12 million, 50,000-square-foot, 1.4-acre renovation project, which was built by New England Construction of Rumford.

Information about Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island’s services is available at www.HHPCRI.org or by calling 401-415-4200.