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Hospice House campaign complete, thanks to Albany hospital auxiliary

Construction of the Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House has officially been financed completely by philanthropy.

The Albany General Hospital Foundation completed its $4.9-million capital campaign for the project recently with a capstone $10,287 contribution from the Samaritan Albany General Hospital Auxiliary.

Overall, the auxiliary has contributed nearly $132,000 to the campaign and to the house’s endowment fund.

“The hospital auxiliary was among the very first donors to the campaign, and it seems so fitting that they are also the donors who made the final payment,” said Barbara Hansen, director of Samaritan Evergreen Hospice. “We greatly appreciate their support of this project!”

The hospice house, one of six such approved facilities across Oregon, opened in August 2012. The house has served nearly 1,000 patients and families since then.

Hospice houses are inpatient facilities that serve dying patients who can’t be cared for in their own homes, or who need temporary symptom management so they can return home. Samaritan Evergreen Hospice and the hospital foundation have been working on this project since 2003.

The hospital foundation is continuing to raise support for the hospice house’s endowment fund. Foundation Director Jeff Larson said the goal is to build a healthy fund that can be invested, and the interest generated will support house operations.

For more information about the foundation’s endowment fund for the hospice house, call 541-812-4819.