Dove House Expansion

As more families seek out hospice care, Carroll Hospice’s average number of patients has more than tripled in the past five years.

While the bulk of hospice care is done in the home setting, Dove House is available for patients whose symptoms cannot be managed at home.

“We’ve seen major growth,” says Ellen Finnerty Myers, vice president of corporate development at Carroll Hospital. “We used to have an average daily census of 4.5 patients at Dove House just five years ago, and now we’re at 8 patients.”

This tremendous growth has put into motion plans to expand and renovate Dove House to increase the number of beds from eight to 14 to ensure more patients can get the highest level of hospice care
when needed.

At the time of Dove House’s original construction in 2006, the Carroll Hospice Board of Trustees had the foresight to plan for an eventual expansion of the facility. A shelled-out wing was built at that time in order to accommodate future growth, and it is this space that will be used to add new patient rooms.

An entire refresh of the patient floor will take place, including new furniture in patient rooms and common areas. Enhanced technological features, such as televisions with telecommunication capabilities, will be included in patient rooms to connect patients with family members not able to visit in person.

A reception desk near the front entrance will be built to assist families and to optimize workflow for staff. A new family lounge is also planned, with funds donated by the Kim Kelly Burden Foundation, to increase the space where loved ones can gather.

After the refresh of the patient area is complete, a renovation of the administrative floor on the first level will occur, with updates to the offices, board room and staff training space.

Mark Blacksten, Carroll Hospital Foundation board member and past chair of the Carroll Hospice Board of Trustees, is the fundraising chair for the $3.5 million project. “It’s going to allow the hospice team the opportunity to grow and greatly enhance the already amazing level of caring service that they provide to patients and families,” he says.

The expansion is being funded through philanthropic giving, including support from the Kahlert Foundation, the Harold Glen and Audrey G. Benson Trumpower Foundation, the Kim Kelly Burden Foundation and other generous donors.

In addition, Delegate Susan Krebs and her District 5 colleagues—Senator Justin Ready, Delegate April Rose and Delegate Haven Shoemaker—petitioned Governor Larry Hogan and Budget Secretary David Brinkley for funds and secured $650,000 in 2019 toward the project from Capital Budget Chair Adrienne Jones.

“Both Governor Hogan and Secretary Brinkley are huge supporters of hospice,” says Delegate Krebs. “We’re very thankful that they included Carroll Hospice in the state budget this way.”

The construction project is slated to begin in 2020 and is expected to last about a year.