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RidgeLine Pediatric rents former Compassionate Care Home space at Hospice of the Foothills

Hospice of the Foothills has leased a portion of its former Compassionate Care Home, filling a space left vacant since the closure late last year of the inpatient facility.

RidgeLine Pediatric Day Health & Respite Services will use 8,000 square feet of a 12,000-square-foot space at the Rough and Ready Highway facility. Michael Lyman, administrator/owner of RidgeLine, hopes to open his new location by April 1.

An additional 14,000 square feet of the building will continue to house the administrative offices of the Hospice of the Foothills.

“We’re thrilled and really excited to develop this relationship with Hospice of the Foothills,” Lyman said.

The lease is for three years, with two options to renew for two years each. The rent won’t cover the hospice’s $33,000 monthly mortgage payment, but it will help, said Carolynn Peterson, executive director of Hospice of the Foothills.

“The bigger picture here is, this is a good fit for our campus,” Peterson added.

The lease of the former Compassionate Care Home is a win for both the hospice and RidgeLine. The hospice wants to keep the former inpatient facility with its interior intact, in case it can one day reopen it. RidgeLine had outgrown its existing space in Grass Valley and was searching for more space.

Lyman said he was talking to Peterson about an unrelated issue when the subject of renting the space was broached.

“When we came across the Compassionate Care Home, it fits the ‘Home away from home,’” Lyman said.

RidgeLine provides services for children up to 21 years old, promoting their physical, developmental and social well-being.

Hospice of the Foothills provides outpatient services to people in their homes. The Compassionate Care Home was an inpatient hospice facility. Peterson said it closed because of a reduced hospice census, the number of people in the community who use hospice services, and a lack of guests. Its closure led to 11 employees being laid off.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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