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Hospice Home breaks ground

Tractors and backhoes rumbled over mountains of dirt today while dignitaries in white hard hats dug their shovels into earth during a ground breaking ceremony at the future site of the Hospice Home.

The $28,500 square foot home for terminally ill patients will feature 12 suites with private baths, living room areas, a community kitchen and outdoor trails and gardens.

Since 1979, Hospice of the Foothills has been providing death with dignity in the county by providing free nursing and social, spiritual and home health services. The group serves an average of 70 patients each month, said Executive Director Dennis Fournier.

Phil Lester donated the five acres of land on Rough and Ready Highway just outside of Grass Valley last fall.

Although the group has raised $2 million for the project, the facility is going to cost an estimated $6 million.

“We really have more money to raise. The building is going to cost more than expected,” Fournier said. Construction is expected to be complete by the second half of 2008, he said.

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