East End Hospice broke ground on its long-awaited inpatient facility in Quiogue on Friday, July 25.
The 11,000-square-foot building, which will cost an estimated $8 million to build, was designed by Roger Ferris and Partners, a Connecticut-based architectural and design firm.
Construction will begin in fall, with an estimated completion date of next summer.
The new facility will enhance and broaden the scope of East End Hospice’s existing services, offering a homelike setting for patients to spend their last days. The space will allow hospice professionals and trained volunteers to provide 24-hour acute care, as well as social, emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families.
Eight private rooms will be equipped to manage the complex needs of the critically ill while providing comfortable accommodations for patients and family. It includes a spa room with a soaking tub and a consultation room for intimate gatherings, along with common areas, including a sunroom, library, and gardens for use by family and visitors.
The center has been a goal of East End Hospice for more than a decade, with planning beginning in earnest after the death in 2000 of Elmo Monfrede, who left his 5-acre property on Aspatuck Creek to Hospice.
The project has been helped along, thanks to a $2 million gift from John and Elaine Kanas of East Moriches. Mr. Kanas was the CEO of North Fork Bank, which was purchased by Capital One Bank.