Center for Hospice Care Celebrates the Opening of its New Mishawaka Campus

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National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization President/CEO Don Schumacher was one of the dignitaries at the Center for Hospice Care/Hospice Foundation ribbon cutting ceremony, which officially opened the new Mishawaka Campus.

Ribbon Cutting at Center for Hospice Care

Center for Hospice Care Mishawaka Campus Ribbon Cutting. From left: Bob Schrock, Jeff Helman, Don Schumacher, Mayor Dave Wood, Mike Wargo, Terry Rodino, Mark Murray, Jeff Rea and Corey Cressy.

"This beautiful structure is a reflection of the great synergy between our community-based, not-for-profit-organization and a municipal government working together toward the creation of an ambitious vision."

On Tuesday, August 20, The Hospice Foundation and Center for Hospice Care (CHC) hosted an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the new CHC Mishawaka Campus.

Among the speakers were Center for Hospice Care President/CEO Mark Murray, Hospice Foundation Vice President/COO Mike Wargo, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization President/CEO Don Schumacher, Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood, and former Mishawaka Mayor and current St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Rea.

Mark Murray noted, "Today's ribbon cutting and open house symbolizes a mutual commitment between our hospice program and key Mishawaka area leaders toward not just crafting a stunning facility, but the construction of an important and dynamic relationship directed at meeting a community's human needs. This beautiful structure is a reflection of the great synergy between our community-based, not-for-profit-organization and a municipal government working together toward the creation of an ambitious vision. It's a vision that we have dreamed about for four years, but one which today we can all touch with our hands... and our hearts. Today is a really a tribute to the powerful philosophy of hospice care."

Following the remarks, the speakers were joined by Center for Hospice Care Board of Directors Chairman Corey Cressy, Hospice Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Terry Rodino, architect Jeff Helman and DJ Construction Company, Inc. CEO Bob Schrock to cut the ceremonial ribbon.

After the ceremony concluded guests toured the new facility, which houses Center for Hospice Care administrative office, the organization's Life Transition Center and Hospice Foundation offices. The event was attended by an estimated 300 people.

CHC's new campus is on the northern banks of the St. Joseph River, nestled between Central Park and Cedar Street, with the physical address of 501 Comfort Place. The campus is scheduled to be completed in three phases. The first phase, which was just completed, replaces office space previously leased at various locations in Mishawaka. Phase II will house CHC medical staff and a Hospice House; it will be built as soon as funds are raised.

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