Hospice moves to Tenderfoot Hill space this week

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care is making the move to its own building this week, and will be open for business Monday at 2550 Tenderfoot Hill St.

The nonprofit organization which provides care for people at the end of their lives is moving all its administrative functions and its pharmacy to the new location. The inpatient unit at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services will remain there, but Hospice will vacate the old St. Francis Health Center building on East Pikes Peak Ave. Penrose-St. Francis placed that building for sale several years ago. It will close by the end of the year.

“Patients and families will not experience any change in services during the transition,” said Martha Barton, president and CEO of Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care. “On June 11, PPHPC will open its new headquarters at the Tenderfoot Hill location. This regional hub will resource support services for all programs of care offered by our organization.”

The majority of the property will house outpatient services for patients receiving care in their own homes, assisted living centers, and skilled nursing facilities, as well as support for families. In addition, the headquarters will include PPHPC’s specialized pharmacy, counseling and grief center, commemoration space, education center, business operations and Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation.

Once the move is completed, the group is considering a second in-patient unit in the community.

“We’ve talked to Memorial about opening a second unit there, but things have been so in flux over there,” Barton said. “But we’re certain there will be a second unit either there or somewhere in the community.”

Hospice bought the building in November for $2.9 million, the first one its owned in its 32 year history. It’s 40,000 square feet, Barton said, and has been customized for the organization.

“It was a good time to buy,” she said. “We had thought we would be moving in 2013 or 2014, but the flood in 2010 changed our plans.”

Barton said she expects hospice programs to continue to grow. Currently, the organization cares for 250 patients and families. Most live at home, but they also care for people in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.