Hospice House Campaign
New Woodside Hospice House opens doors to expand care for families
Since we opened San Mateo County’s first hospice house in Fall 2015, we have cared for hundreds of patients in their last weeks of life, ranging in age from 26 to 106 – thanks to support from our entire community. The many kind words and notes we’ve received from families tell us that this is something our community really needed – and that need continues to grow.
That’s why we have launched a new capital campaign to support the opening of a second hospice house. The goal of the campaign is to raise $4 million to fund the purchase of the home, start-up costs, and care for patients who are underinsured or cannot afford to stay at the house.
Thanks to generous lead gifts from the Sequoia Healthcare District and Stanford Health Care, we have raised $3.2 million toward our goal. Our Campaign Co-Chairs Dr. Stephen Weller and Mary Chigos are working with others to identify additional major gifts.
The six-bedroom home is conveniently located in Redwood City’s Woodside Plaza neighborhood, near Woodside Road and Highway 280. The additional beds and second location will greatly enhance our capacity to care for the San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County community. The house will allow us to care for more patients at the end of life who need intensive, round-the-clock symptom management that cannot be provided at home.
“Mission House provides a peaceful place for families to gather during their loved one’s final weeks or months, while our professional team focuses on the patient’s comprehensive needs,” says Gary Cripps, RN, Director of Operations, Mission Houses.
After months of renovations, we opened the doors to Mission House Woodside in October 2018. Like our San Mateo hospice house, the house in Redwood City offers a peaceful, homelike place for patients in the last weeks of life who need intensive, round-the-clock symptom management that cannot be provided at home. The house also offers a safety net for terminally ill patients whose caregivers need a few days of respite.
We are asking everyone in the community to join us in supporting our Woodside Hospice House Campaign. Together, we can raise the remaining $800,000 necessary to give patients the gift of compassionate end-of-life care at the Woodside hospice house – and support for the entire family.
To find out more about our Woodside Hospice House, or to arrange a tour of the house, contact Marsha Eddleman at 650.532.2550 or by email.