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Assisted Living Facility Received Funding From the USDA
Excerpts from story by Marla Toncray with the Ledger Independent
July 6, 2011
he vision of an assisted living facility moved closer to reality for Hospice of Hope, after securing more funding for the project. United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday the selection of 21 utilities for loans and grants to help rural businesses expand and create jobs. Two Kentucky energy cooperatives were included in the list of recipients; Fleming-Mason Energy and Jackson Energy Cooperative Corporations.

The loans and grants total more than $12 million and are provided through USDA Rural Development's Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program. Recipients are rural utilities program borrowers that pass the funds to local organizations for projects to retain and create jobs, upgrade public infrastructure, improve service delivery and improve the quality of life for area residents and visitors.

Tom Fern, Kentucky state director for Rural Development said the projects are expected to create 140 new jobs in the state. Fleming-Mason and Jackson Energy have both been awarded $740,000, which are passed through to specific projects.

Fleming-Mason Energy has selected the Hospice of Hope assisted living facility and inpatient care facility for the USDA loan. Hospice of Hope is building a 48,230-square-foot assisted living facility and separate Hospice inpatient facility, known as Kenton Pointe Assisted Living. The project is located on Kentucky 9.

“We are pleased at Fleming-Mason Energy to be able to facilitate these funds from the USDA Rural Development in order to help such a deserving organization provide the Buffalo Trace area with such a needed facility. We support such projects that add jobs and provide such economic growth,” said Kevin Carpenter, director of Community and Economic Development with Fleming-Mason Energy.

Kavin Cartmell, executive director of Hospice of Hope, said securing funding for the project is ongoing, and the $740,000 loan will be applied to general construction costs. The loan is to be repaid over 10 years, at 0% interest rate.

“I was pleased that we did get it,” Cartmell said of the REDLG loan. Cartmell and Fleming-Mason Energy officials will meet next week to make a formal announcement and check presentation.

To date, funding has been secured through an $800,000 Community Development Block Grant, and a Rural Development Community Facilities loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for $3 million with an interest rate of 3.75 percent over 40 years. The city of Maysville has contributed $360,000 of in-kind services toward the project, which include an 1,800-foot extension of Rosa Drive, and infrastructure improvements. Total cost for the project is estimated to be between $7 and 8 million.

Cartmell said Hospice is still seeking $2 million in funding and is in the process of working up a building fund campaign to solicit private foundation donations. “We are progressing and it is going to happen,” Cartmell said.

The facilities will be located on 34 acres near the Kenton Station Golf Course; Hospice purchased 25 acres and the Rowan Restaurant Group donated an additional nine acres to the project.

Cartmell said architectural drawings have been sent to the state building and codes enforcement division and should be approved in the next 30 days. Once the plans have been approved, the bidding process will take place around mid-July, with the bid opening around August 1st. Start of construction is targeted for early October, with completion in fall 2012.

Mountain Pathway 2011
August 10, 2011
ountain Pathway is a children's grief camp that was created by Hospice of Hope to fulfill an unmet community need for children ages 7-12. This support program is designed to bring healing and encouragement to children who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

This year's camp was held at Butler Springs Christian Camp & Retreat Center in Hillsboro, Ohio where a "camp" theme was intertwined throughout the entire day. Traditional camp activities were incorporated throughout the day to enhance learning and provide laughs along the way! Activities included: swimming, rock climbing, crafts and Zip Lines.

This one-day program, offered at no charge, was facilitated by experienced bereavement professionals that helped guide and educate participants about what to expect as they move through the process of grief. Click here for highlights of Mountain Pathway 2011. If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved for next year's Mountain Pathway call Peg Lynch 800-928-4243.

Hospice Care Can Help Patients Live Longer
September 28, 2010

octors have long known that providing palliative care—a comprehensive service that aims to relieve suffering in people with serious illnesses—can improve patients’ quality of life and overall medical care. A new study shows palliative care also can help cancer patients live longer. In a study of 151 patients with advanced lung cancer, those given early palliative care survived 11.6 months, nearly three months longer than those who received standard medical care, according to an article in today’s New England Journal of Medicine. That suggests that palliative care—which focuses on relieving symptoms, supporting caregivers and helping patients make the most of their remaining time—can improve survival as much as any drug, says co-author Thomas Lynch, director of the Yale Cancer Center. Chemo can give newly diagnosed lung cancer patients an extra two to three months of life.

While 80% of large hospitals offer palliative care, many doctors fail to make use of it, often because they see it as akin to giving up, according to an accompanying editorial by Amy Kelley and Diane Meier of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

Yet evidence for the benefits of palliative care is growing. Other research has shown that lung cancer patients who use hospice—typically given to those with less than 6 months to live—actually live about a month longer than other patients, says Smith, who wasn't involved in the new study.

Authors note that their study has limitations. Researchers included only patients at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, a top-tier medical center. It’s possible that patients at other hospitals might get different results, Lynch says. But Thomas Smith, who leads the palliative care program at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center, called the research a “landmark study,” establishing the benefits of giving palliative care early—rather than in the final days.

Many people with advanced cancers never talk to their doctors about the end of life. About 20% of lung cancer patients are still getting chemo two weeks before they die, Smith says. But harsh therapies can hasten death and leave patients too sick to carry out important tasks, such as healing relationships or finding spiritual solace, he says.

The health reform bill originally included a provision to compensate doctors for talking to patients about end-of-life choices. Congress removed that language, however, after critics charged that this lead to sanctioning euthanasia or creating “death panels” to decide which patients would live or die. Lynch notes that his study shows that end-of-life planning has just the opposite effect—helping patients lead a longer, better life.

Story by Liz Szabo, USA TODAY


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