in Lebanon, New Hampshire, has announced a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor.
The gift — the largest in the medical center's history — will cover half the anticipated costs of a $20.5 million Center for Palliative and Hospice Care. Scheduled to open in 2017, the twelve-bed facility will provide integrated care for patients with life-threatening illnesses whose pain or other medical needs are difficult to manage at home or in a nursing home. Designed to be a regional resource for hospice providers from around New England, the center also will offer opportunities for teaching, training, and research for healthcare providers and clinicians.
"Although great advances in palliative and hospice care have been made in the last decade, too many people are still dying in ways they would not want, often in intensive care units, connected to machines," said Dartmouth-Hitchcock president and CEO James N. Weinstein. "At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, with our colleague Dr. Ira Byock leading the way, we have built an internationally respected palliative care program. This incredibly generous gift will allow us to further advance this work within a dedicated facility where we will be able to better address the physical comfort, emotional and spiritual well-being, and inherent dignity of each patient and his or her family."