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August 25, 2016

Care Dimensions Receives Approvals to Begin Construction of New Greater Boston Hospice House

Care Dimensions, the largest hospice provider in Massachusetts, announced today that it has received all approvals from the Town of Lincoln and City of Waltham to begin construction of its new Greater Boston Hospice House to be located at 125 Winter Street in Lincoln. The new 18-bed, 27,500-square-foot inpatient hospice facility will provide a home-like setting for terminally ill individuals needing hospital-level care for pain and symptom management.

“Since 2011 when we acquired Partners Hospice, our service area and the number of patients we care for has grown significantly. In 2015, we cared for more than 1,300 patients located within 15 miles of the new site,” said Care Dimensions President and CEO Diane Stringer.  “This new hospice house will allow us to bring a higher level of care closer to our MetroWest and Greater Boston patients and better serve their needs at end of life.”  Care Dimensions’ 20-bed Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers was the first licensed hospice house in Massachusetts when it opened in 2005.

The Greater Boston Hospice House will be situated on 12 acres of land that straddles the Waltham and Lincoln town line, and has easy access to Route 128. “The location is ideal for our patients and their families and sits on a very tranquil, wooded area within sight of the Cambridge Reservoir,” said Stringer.

Construction of the new hospice facility is slated to take approximately 14 months, with an expected opening in the fall of 2017.  The design and construction team include Windover Construction (construction), EGA Architects (architects), Beals + Thomas (civil engineering), HBLA Inc. (landscape architect) and Siemasko+Verbridge (interior design). The project has been financed through a $17.5 million tax-exempt MassDevelopment bond, which was purchased by People’s United Bank.

Care Dimensions’ Greater Boston Hospice House is not a hospital, nursing home or rehabilitation facility, but a home-like setting where hospice physicians, nurses and support staff provide 24-hour care and where visiting family members can spend quality time, including overnight stays, with their loved one during the final weeks and days of life. “While the majority of hospice patients spend their final weeks in their own homes, a growing number have care needs that are simply too complex to be managed at home,” said Stringer. 

 

Care Dimensions Employees Celebrate Circle of Life Award 
 

In celebration of winning the prestigious national 2015 Circle of Life award honoring innovation in hospice and palliative care, the staff of Care Dimensions took to song "performing" (with vocal assistance from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) the iconic Circle of Life song. Enjoy! 

To view photos from our Circle of Life Award celebration, click here

Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.