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Hospice of Santa Cruz County to open Watsonville location

Modified: Thursday, Feb 21st, 2013

WATSONVILLE — Hospice of Santa Cruz County is putting the finishing touches on a new Center for End-of-Life Care in Watsonville, which opens early next month.

Along with the organization’s headquarters in Scotts Valley, the new location will increase its capacity to serve end-of-life needs in Santa Cruz County.

The new location is at 65 Nielson St., Suite 121. It’s about 6,000 square feet and is located in the medical buildings on the campus of Watsonville Community Hospital.

“It’s going to be a great addition to our community,” said Michael Milward, chief executive officer of Hospice of Santa Cruz County. “We offer a broad range of community services.”

The Watsonville center will serve as the South County base for a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, aides, chaplains and volunteers who provide hospice care for patients and their families.

The center will also provide on-site grief support services for adults, teens and children, transitional care for those not ready for hospice care, trainings for volunteers and ongoing educational events.

The opening of the Watsonville office coincides with the organization’s 35th year of service.

“We have been honored to serve patients and their families for 35 years,” Milward said. “The opening of our new Center for End-of-Life Care is an important step in ensuring that all members of our community have access to the highest quality end-of-life care.”

Thirty-two percent of the patients served by HSCC live in the southern part of the county.

HSCC is seeking funding to help offset the costs of the center. Though some funds have already been raised, fundraising efforts continue and naming opportunities within the new facility are available. For more information on donating, visit www.hospicesantacruz.org or call Kathleen Hughes, director of development, at 430-3033.

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