Venango VNA Foundation Hospice House Project Progressing

| July 8, 2018

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – The Venango VNA Foundation is watching with anticipation as the structure for their new hospice house is beginning to take shape.

(Pictured: Hospice House Building Committee members Judy Etzel, Kathy Cochran, Pam Greenlee, Shelly Hart, Kim Slater Heil, and Ruthanne Nerlich at the groundbreaking ceremony. Missing from photo is Dave Ballard.)

After discussions over more than a decade about the possibility of opening a local hospice house in the area, the Venango VNA Foundation began actually planning a house of their own about two years ago.

They toured several hospice houses in the region, including the Marquette Hospice House in Crawford County.

“It was so beautiful,” Foundation Marketing Director Shelly Hart said.

“It was also one of the closest to us. We don’t have anything like this in our immediate area, and there is such a need for this in our community.”

One of the major steps was finding the right piece of land. The Foundation found what they were looking for in an eleven-acre parcel that formerly housed the Valley Grove Elementary School, which they were able to purchase from the Valley Grove School District for $64,000.00.

They held an official groundbreaking on the property on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

The structure of the hospice house is currently under construction by Structural Modulars, Inc. in Strattanville.

The structure will be a three-bedroom house, built as a residential structure.

“This will be a house,” Hart explained.

“It is not a hospital or a nursing home, it is a home. A lot of people thought a nursing home was going to go on the property, but that’s not it at all. The purpose is to have a very comfortable, clean environment for the final days of life that is not like a nursing home or a hospital.”

“We’re planning on having a back patio area, a living room with a TV, a kitchen, a back garden, so it feels very home-like.”

The Foundation plans to have the hospice house ready by November, which is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

Hart also said that they have had lots of people asking how they can help since the project kicked-off.

“Anyone who would like to help out or donate is always welcome to contact us,” she said.

The community can donate to the Venango County VNA Foundation through their website, or contact them by phone at 814-432-6555.

Follow the progress of the building of the home’s structure on their Facebook page.

“We are going to check in and take photos of the progress on the house to share on Facebook every week,” Hart said.

“This is so big, we’re so excited and proud to do this for our community.”


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