Hospice of South Texas to break ground on new inpatient center

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To help the Hospice of South Texas reach its $6.55 million goal to fund projects, including the inpatient center, visit hospiceofsouthtexas.org or call 1-800-874-6908.

The Hospice of South Texas will break ground on its new inpatient center on Wednesday night.

"Its biggest focus is to provide crisis management for patients and to take care of their families during that crisis as they're facing end of life," said Terry Robinson, Hospice of South Texas executive director.

Once the inpatient center, located on Mallette Drive, is completed in late spring 2015, it will be the first of its kind the hospice's 11-county region.

The 20,000 square-foot center will include 12 private rooms and can be expanded to 36 rooms.

More than $5 million of the needed $6.55 million for the project has been raised, Robinson said.

The hospice reached the $5 million milestone at the end of 2013.

To raise funds for the facility and projects funded by the $6.55 million five-year capital campaign, the nonprofit will host charitable events in which the community can support the hospice, said Hilary Lucas, Hospice of South Texas advancement director.

This summer, Hospice will kickoff the Ride Of Life fundraiser.

"Randy Smith is riding across the four-corners area to bring awareness for ALS and help us build this inpatient center," she said.

The ride will honor his wife, Sophia Smith, who died of ALS last April.

When Smith returns from his ride in September, there will be a celebration and gala to support his cause and raise money for the nonprofit, said Robinson.

The inpatient center has been a project in the making for a few years and is finally coming to fruition, he said.

"This is a dedicated facility for end-of-life care," he said. "This will be the only free-standing inpatient center in the Crossroads."