The Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation in partnership with Presbyterian Hospice Care unveiled the new Presbyterian Robert Wertheim Hospice House at a grand opening on June 24. At the residential hospice facility, patients and families can receive home-like hospice care in the last days or weeks of life. It is projected to serve more than 300 patients and their families every year.
“The Presbyterian Robert Wertheim Hospice House fills a critical gap in our state for hospice care,” said Dale Maxwell, president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “This facility will make a meaningful difference in the lives of so many New Mexicans.”
Designed by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, the 7,700-square foot house includes 10 private rooms with bathrooms, seating for family and a patio. The house will also provide living and dining areas, a family space with a large kitchen, a meditation area and exterior garden spaces. In addition to physician oversight, staffing will include nurses, aides, hospice chaplains, social workers and volunteers.
The house was named in memory of Robert Wertheim, a long-time Presbyterian board member and community leader. His wife, Elizabeth Wertheim, made a generous donation to the hospice house in his memory.
“I see the new hospice house as continuing the legacy of compassionate care that Presbyterian provides for their patients,” said Elizabeth Wertheim. “There is no greater service than for patients and their families to receive this level of care at a very difficult time.”
Donations to Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation funded the $3.6 million project.