In the next five years, it is estimated that the age group of 65 years and older will increase 30
percent. Of those admitted annually to The Denver Hospice inpatient care center, 80 percent
are age 65 and above. Meanwhile the scope of services offered by The Denver Hospice – from
complementary therapy to palliative care – has led to an increased referral base in all age
groups, including pediatrics. The vision of a new center needed to become a reality.
The Denver Hospice took advantage of very favorable financing and lower cost construction
due to the economy, and purchased land for the construction of a $12 million care center. The
Caring for the Future campaign grew out of a planning study and three, unprecedented 7-figure
gifts from two family foundation and one community foundation. to open a new facility in
Lowry that would have the capacity to admit over 250,000 patients each year.
The new facility opened in January 2011, with 35,000 square feet to care for patients, 24 private
patient rooms with patios, four family suites, a family dining room, a great room, and a chapel,
library, education center and hydro-therapy spa. The number of gifts to The Denver Hospice at or above the $5,000 level increased exponentially during the campaign and a new level of awareness about The Denver Hospice was accomplished.