Alive Hospice breaks ground on Murfreesboro residence

New facility marks an expansion of charitable nonprofit Alive Hospice's services south of Nashville

For immediate release: Aug. 17, 2016

Media contact: Jared Porter, Alive Hospice
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Groundbreaking of Murfreesboro residenceNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today was a day of celebration in Rutherford County with a ceremonial groundbreaking for The Residence at Alive Hospice Murfreesboro, which drew a crowd of supporters to commemorate the occasion. Construction will begin soon on the new facility, which Alive Hospice anticipates opening in May 2017.

The Residence at Alive Hospice Murfreesboro marks an expansion in the charitable nonprofit health care provider's services in Middle Tennessee and will be the first of its kind in Rutherford County. With this building, Alive Hospice will provide a dedicated hospice center that will serve people with life-limiting illnesses and their families, allowing them to receive care closer to their home communities rather than using Alive's existing facilities in Nashville.

"Our new residence will be a home AND a community resource," said Alive Hospice President and CEO Anna-Gene O'Neal. "It will be available for patients who are unable to remain in their own homes, who require intensive hospice care, or whose caregivers require an occasional respite. It also will be a community resource through our meeting space, grief support center and more."

The Alive Hospice residence was designed by Earl Swensson Associates and Smith Seckman Reid and will be built by Turner Construction. It is designed especially for meeting the needs of people with life-limiting illnesses, their loved ones, grieving adults and children, and those who want to learn about the end of life.

It will be located at 1629 Williams Drive, between Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and DCI, placing it in the Murfreesboro Medical Gateway.

Present for the ceremonial groundbreaking were:

  • Community pillars Dr. Warren McPherson and Lynn Lien, who are members of the Alive Hospice Board of Directors, the co-chairs of the Alive Hospice Murfreesboro Advisory Committee and co-chairs of the Closer to Home Capital Campaign Steering Committee
  • Members of Alive Hospice’s Murfreesboro Advisory Committee and Closer to Home Capital Campaign Steering Committee
  • Alive Hospice board members
  • Representatives of major donors including the Christy-Houston Foundation, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Trustpoint Hospital and HCA Foundation, and community pillar Mark A. Pirtle
  • Elected officials including State Rep. Dawn White, State Sen. Bill Ketron, Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess and Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland
  • Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Director of Membership Kelli Beam
  • Alive Hospice staff and volunteers
  • Members of the community at large

Alive Hospice has raised over 95 percent of its $8.1+ million fundraising goal and is working to raise the last $300,000 by the agency’s 41st anniversary on Nov. 14, 2016.

For more information about the Alive Hospice Residence and to donate online, visit Donations also may be made by calling 615-327-1085.

Alive Hospice is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit health care organization that provides more mission-focused charity care than any other hospice in Tennessee, offering care and services for all who need them regardless of their ability to pay.

Closer to Home: Filling a Need and a Demand

While most (90 percent) of the hospice care provided by Alive Hospice is in private homes, the 20,000-plus-square-foot, free-standing hospice residence will offer a peaceful environment for people with life-limiting illnesses in need of hospice care which can not otherwise be provided in the home. Friends and families will have an option much closer to home, eliminating the need to commute to Alive Hospice’s Nashville residence.

The Murfreesboro residence will also allow Alive to expand its community services such as grief counseling and education about the end of life. Alive will increase its grief counseling staff in Murfreesboro to provide support for grieving adults and children, and the facility will have space designated for educational programming to help families learn about – and take an active role in planning for – the end of life.

Champions For Alive Hospice

Pillars of Rutherford County have worked several years to make this new facility a reality under the leadership of Lynn Lien and Dr. Warren McPherson, co-chairs of the Alive Hospice Murfreesboro Advisory Committee, as well as committee members Leslie Akins, Rita Ash, Phil Barnett, Sydney Boerner, Lou Caputo, Gordon Ferguson, Dr. Max Moss, Kitty Murfree, Dr. Jim Nunnery, Joey Peay, Mark Pirtle, Shane Reeves, Dr. Liz Rhea, Kathy Ryan, Joyce Taylor, Don Witherspoon, Hanna Witherspoon and Dr. John Zubkus.

Additionally, those working to make the Residence a reality from the ground up include members of the Alive Hospice Closer to Home Capital Campaign Committee: Co-Chairs Lynn Lien, Dr. Warren McPherson, Kitty Murfree, Mark Pirtle, and Dr. Liz Rhea; and members Sydney Boerner, Dr. Max Moss, Dr. Jim Nunnery, Kathy Ryan, and Hanna and Don Witherspoon.

Fact and Figures: The Residence at Alive Hospice – Murfreesboro

  • Architects: Earl Swensson Associates and Smith Seckman Reid
  • General Contractor: Turner Construction 
  • Square footage: 20,000+ square feet of space dedicated to hospice care and grief support
  • Freestanding, single-story building
  • Facility will eliminate long commutes to and from Nashville
  • 10 large patient rooms with immediate ability to expand to 16 rooms with minimal expense (although still requiring Certificate of Need approval from the State of Tennessee for additional rooms)
  • Covered entryway
  • Commercial kitchen and dining room
  • Picturesque courtyard
  • Family gathering rooms
  • Quiet space
  • Skylights (to let in plenty of natural light)
  • Expanded grief support center
  • 1,000 square feet of community space for events
  • Office space for Alive Hospice's Murfreesboro-based home care team

About Alive Hospice

Alive Hospice is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit health care provider offering compassionate care and support for terminally ill patients and their families; comprehensive grief support for adults and children; and education about the end of life. Founded in 1975, Alive Hospice was the first hospice organization in Tennessee and one of the nation’s earliest. For more information, or call 615-327-1085.

Alive Hospice’s Mission: We provide loving care to people with life-threatening illnesses, support to their families and service to the community in a spirit of enriching lives.