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First Hospice Residence in Central Mass. Marks 25th Anniversary 

 

 

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, businesses, foundations, and organizations, the first hospice residence in Central Massachusetts opened on Sept. 9, 1997. The residence was dedicated “to enhancing the life of each person who lives here by offering care, comfort, love, and dignity in these beautiful, peaceful surroundings.”

After nearly a decade of providing end-of-life care in this homelike setting, our hospice team identified a growing need to offer even more complex care at the residence. Charlie and Lenny Monahan chaired a $1.5 million capital campaign in 2006 to convert the residence into the first inpatient hospice in Central Massachusetts and, at the time, only the second inpatient hospice in Massachusetts. The community once again helped make our vision for exceptional end-of-life care a reality. The residence was dedicated as the area’s first inpatient hospice on June 7, 2007, and renamed the Rose Monahan Hospice Home in honor of Charlie Monahan’s mother, who resided at the home in 2005.

For the past 25 years, the Rose Monahan Hospice Home has served as a sacred place where compassionate nurses, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers empower individuals to choose how they navigate their final journey and are devoted to supporting families throughout the end-of-life experience and their grief. For each individual cared for at the home, so many others have been touched. The impact across the community is immense.

Philanthropic support is essential to sustaining the residence. Please consider making a gift in honor of this milestone anniversary and joining us at Celebration of Caring on Sept. 28 at the Worcester Country Club.   

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