Friday, September 30, 2011
Osceola News Gazette
by Fallan Patterson, Staff Writer
Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care, a hospice organization that currently serves Osceola County residents 45 minutes away in Clermont, Florida, is working with Kissimmee officials to build a facility locally, creating 40 new jobs. Cornerstone Hospice cares daily for as many as 650 residents of seven Central Florida counties, including Orange, Osceola, Lake, Sumter, Polk, Hardee, and Highlands, but is looking to expand its hospice house offerings to Kissimmee. The most pressing issue is finding three to five acres to build the 12,000-square-foot complex of buildings with 10 patient rooms, a nurse's station, an outdoor garden and a space to accommodate family members overnight. Cornerstone hopes the land will be donated, as the project is estimated to cost $4.5 million, not including property costs.
Local residents and businesses can donate to the effort by purchasing $250 bricks for the walkway or naming rights to parts of the facility, from the kitchen at $10,000 to the entire complex at $1.5 million. Those interested can contact Carol Felder at (407) 304-2608.
To kick off the effort, Kissismmee Commissioner Jerry Gemskie announced that the Christmas on Parade wooden ornament sale proceeds, which annually raises approximately $2,500 for a charity, would go to Cornerstone Hospice in 2011.
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Cornerstone Hospice, a community-based healthcare organization since 1984, has provided care and services to central Florida and Lake and Sumter patients and families experiencing life-limiting illnesses. To learn more, call (352)343-1341 or toll-free (888-728-6234 in Lake and Sumter Counties. Also, visit Cornerstone Hospice at www.cornerstonehospice.org
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