Pikes Peak Hospice purchases HQ space

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care has purchased its first permanent headquarters at 2330 Tenderfoot Hill St.

The organization has leased space throughout its 321 year history, most recently at St. Francis Health center, which is slated to close by year-end 2012.

PPHCw ill open a regional hub at the Tenderfoot Hill location to resource support services for all programs of care offered by the organization. The majority of the property will house improved outpatient services for patients living at home, in assisted living centers and in skilled nursing facilities. The headquarters will include the pharmacy, a counseling and grief center, commemoration space, education center, business operations and the Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation.

El Paso County commissioners approved using $3 million in tax-exempt bonds that allowed Pikes Peak Hospice to purchase the center.

Hospice already has money on hand to help pay for the purchase and the foundation will lead fundraising efforts to close the gap, said President and CEO Martha Barton.

“We’re on an aggressive timeline because we must vacate our current space no later than December 2012,” she said.

She said the organization will receive significant savings in facility-related costs because they are buying the building.

YOW Architects will help with design services and Colarelli Construction will serve as the project’s general contractor. Move in is scheduled for early summer, 2012.