CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI) – A new major BJC project is out to make emotional end of life decisions more comforting for families.
Ground was broken in Creve Coeur today on the BJC West Campus for a new hospice house.
The 18,000 square foot facility will have 16 beds and will serve both adults and children in hospice care.
It`s going to be called ‘Eveylyn`s House’ in recognition of the Eric P. And Evelyn E. Newman Foundation which donated five million dollars to build the facility.
Another five million dollars was given by former Anheuser Busch CEO Pat Stokes and his family.
‘Evelyn`s House’ will have features to make it feel more like home for patients and their families.
‘Our rooms have doors where our patient’s beds can be rolled out onto a patio so they can be outside. We have a fireplace, we have a music therapy room, we have a grief room, we have an art therapy room for children when they come in,’ said Barbara Westland, the Director of Hospice for BJC.
‘Evelyn`s House’ will be only the second hospice house in the St. Louis area.
It should be up and running by March or April of next year.