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Hospice of Acadiana breaks ground on Calcutta House

Posted at 12:54 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 20:37:06-04

On Tuesday, July 14, Hospice of Acadiana broke ground on the Calcutta House.

The facility will be a 12-bed inpatient hospice house located at 105 St. Christopher Street in Lafayette.

The home will be the first and only free-standing nonprofit hospice house dedicated to caring for those on their end-of-life journey for those patients whose symptoms can’t be managed in a home setting, or those patients who don’t have a home or caregiver.

Hospice says that the building which is 8,500 square feet is scheduled to open in June 2021.

The project will cost $2.6 million, and so far Hospice of Acadiana has raised $1.3 million. Fundraising began just under a year ago, and despite the effects of Covid, they are hopeful to reach their goal by construction completion.

Kacee Thompson, Executive Director of Hospice of Acadiana Foundation said “We are so grateful for all of the support we have received from the community thus far. Fundraising has slowed down a bit, but we are as committed as ever to see this project through; it’s just too important for our patients and our community.”

"We decided it was something that was needed in the community and so we made that decision and have never looked back," Thompson added.

The project, which is named after humanitarian Mother Teresa, will feature 12 private patient suites, a family kitchen and living area, a private chapel, and consultation room.

Hospice of Acadiana Foundation Board of Directors’ President, Joe Giglio, said, “An inpatient hospice house is something Hospice of Acadiana has thought about for years. I know I speak for all of the board members, administration and staff, when I say, we are so excited to be able to now provide this much-needed, added service to our community.”

The project team includes ACSW Architects, Montagnet & Domingue Engineering, Triad Construction Services, and Moran Construction Consultants.

For more information, on Hospice of Acadiana call (337) 232-1234 or visit www.hospiceacadiana.com

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