Dartmouth-Hitchcock Receives $10 Million Gift For Hospice Center

By Joe Gullo

Published 03/20 2014 01:30PM

Updated 03/20 2014 01:33PM

HANOVER, N.H. -  Dartmouth-Hitchcock has received an anonymous $10 million gift, the largest in the hospital's history.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock says the money will help fund the Center for Palliative and Hospice Car Center at the hospital. The Center for Palliative and Hospice Care will be a 12 bed center, intended to fill a growing need for specialized care for seriously ill people whose pain or other medical needs are difficult to manage at home or in a nursing home.

“Although great advances in palliative and hospice care have been made in the last decade, too many people are still dying in ways they would not want, often in intensive care units, connected to machines,” said D-H CEO and President Dr. James N. Weinstein. “ This incredibly generous gift will allow us to further advance this work within a dedicated facility where we will be able to better address the physical comfort, emotional and spiritual well-being, and inherent dignity of each patient and his or her family.”

The $10 million gift will cover half the anticipated costs of the $20.5 million Center for Palliative and Hospice Care.  The center is expected to be open in 2017. 

Dartmouth-Hitchcock says they're still deciding on the exact location of the center.

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