First family of the new hospice |

First family of the new hospice

By Dave Moller

Senior Staff Writer

The new Hospice of the Foothills Building on Ridge Road needs another $2.5 million for construction completion, but the building has already paid off for one feathered family.

Electrician Larry Galen Friday said a small family of birds flew in to the uncompleted rafters about one month ago and set up a nest.

“We worked around them every day and they never freaked out,” Galen said.

Workers got to watch a mom and pop raise three babies and eventually, they all flew away.

“The hospice has had its first family,” Galen said.

The burly and yet sensitive workers are now finishing off the building so that hospice employees can come from three different locations for a central office in October, according to Executive Director Dennis Fournier.

After that, the hospice will be busy getting a state license for the housing part of the project where patients will stay with their families to die with dignity and support.

However, the license process won’t start until another $2.5 million comes in to complete the $7.5 million facility, Fournier said.

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