Hospice Groundbreaking

More than 225 friends, donors, and neighbors  joined together at the recent Cottage in the Meadow site to celebrate the commencement of construction.  Everyone enjoyed themselves as they were welcomed by dignitaries and given an update on Cottage by Dr. Tim Melhorn, chair of the Hospice Steering Committee.  The ceremony concluded as chaplain Laurie Oswalt encouraged attendees to make a wish and place a special rock in a decorative garden fountain that will grace the grounds upon completion.  As the ceremony ended the traditional first shovel of dirt was turned over by Bill Dolsen, chair of Memorial Hospital Trustees and Bill Wheeler, chair of The Memorial Foundation Board.  Heavy construction equipment was then “fired up” and the real digging began. Follow the progress of construction at www.yakimahospice.org.

Several named gift opportunities still exist at Cottage in the Meadow.  Those wishing to have part in the Cottage project are urged to contact Anne Caffery or Mark Young at The Memorial Foundation at 509-576-5794 or www.memfound.org.

About Cottage in the Meadow

Dedicated providers bring hospice services to hundreds of patients and family members every year. That care is usually offered-as it should be-in the familiar and comforting surroundings of home. But sometimes home care just isn’t possible.

  • For the widower who lives alone and has no caregiver
  • For the elderly couple not strong enough to care for each other
  • For the grandmother whose adult children live miles away
  • For the husband who has to work to support the family and can’t be his wife’s caregiver
  • For the young mother with who doesn’t want her small children to watch her die

Hospice professionals, community leaders and families see an urgent need to create a home-away-from-home for terminally ill patients who are unable to be cared for at home, or whose family caregivers need occasional respite.

Our community is answering the call by building Cottage in the Meadow-a 20-bed home for hospice care that will be the first and only in Yakima and Kittitas counties.

When time is short, it’s the simple things that mean so much. Peace. Privacy. Family, Home. Cottage in the Meadow will be a haven for patients and loved ones-for those who matter most, when it matters most.

In spacious private rooms, loved ones will gather. Children will play. Memorial will be shared, and gentle care provided. On secluded patios, patients will hear the sound of water, feel the breeze on their faces and warm their feet in the sun.

Cottage in the Meadow will be a place to experience life and prepare for what comes next.

Cottage in the Meadow is for all of us, and your support wil help make central Washington a better place to end life’s beautiful journey.

It’s an Opportunity as a community to gather around our loved ones in a collective embrace, offering the gift of comfort, dignity and peace.

News & Events Archive


WWII veteran finds friend for the end (http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/2010/12/31/work-may-start-in-summer-on-  hospice)4/02/11

Donation to help fund Hospice center (http://memorialnews.memfound.org/donation-fund-hospice-center) 03/02/11

Building a hospice (http://memorialnews.memfound.org/yakima-building-hospice) 01/13/11

Grief and Loss:Stages of Grief (http://memorialnews.memfound.org/living-intentionally-37-days) 01/13/11

Work may start in summer on hospice (http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/2010/12/31/work-may-start-in-summer-on-hospice)      12/31/10

Authentic Happiness with Author Patti Digh (http://memorialnews.memfound.org/living-intentionally-37-days) 11/16/10

Living Intentionally (http://memorialnews.memfound.org/living-intentionally-37-days) 10/27/10

Hospice volunteer to be honored (http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/2010/03/31/04-01-10-yakima-people)  04/01/10

Yakima Hospice Gift (http://memorialnews.memfound.org/yakima-hospice-gift) 05/28/10

Couple gives $1 Million to Cottage in the Meadow (http://memorialnews.memfound.org/couple-gives-1-million-for-hospice-facility )     05/24/10

Site of Memorial’s hospice center to be dedicated Friday http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/2009/09/16/site-of-memorial-s-hospice-center-to-be-dedicated-friday 09/16/2009

Healing through grief-( http://memorialnews.memfound.org/healing-through-grief) 10/29/09

Learn about Cottage in the Meadow (http://memorialnews.memfound.org/cottage-in-the-meadow) 10/02/2009

Open House May 4 in Yakima (http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/2009/04/22/hospice-open-house-may-4-in-yakima) 04/22/09

Letter to the Editor (http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/2010/12/31/work-may-start-in-summer-on-hospice) 01/02/09

Hospital has site for new hospice center – (http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/2008/11/03/hospital-has-site-for-new-hospice-center) 11/03/2008

Life is Good 10/11/2008