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Updated: September 8, 2020

Scarborough hospice gets $6.75M home of its own

Photo showing Hospice of Southern Maine sign in foreground, people at ribbon cutting in the background Courtesy / Hospice of Southern Maine The Hospice of Southern Maine gets a home of its own in Scarborough, at 390 U.S. Route 1, in a building built by Zachau Construction.

The nonprofit Hospice of Southern Maine last week marked the completion of a $6.75 million home hospice facility in Scarborough. built by Freeport-based general contractor Zachau Construction and designed by a team from Portland-based SMRT Architects and Engineers.

The 14,500-square-foot building, at 390 U.S. Route 1 in Scarborough, will serve as a home base for the organization's home care clinical teams, who care for around 200 patients each day across 68 towns and islands in southern and western Maine.

In addition to serving as a location for the clinical teams, the new center offers a family bereavement suite for free community grief counseling, a learning and simulation lab for training and a large community room for education, special events and volunteer training.

The energy-efficient building will include a solar/geothermal system that will reduce Hospice of Southern Maine’s energy costs by an estimated 96%, creating a full return on investment within 18 years, according to a news release.

For the organization, it also means a home of its own after relocating from a leased space nearby at 180 U.S. Route 1, which was recently sold to the founder and owner of Scarborough accounting firm Johnson & Co. CPAs.

Funding for the new building came from a capital campaign that has raised $6.6 million to date from more than 600 donors.

Daryl Cady inside a room at Hospice of Southern Maine's old HQ.
Photo / Tim Greenway
Daryl Cady, CEO of Hospice of Southern Maine, at the organization's former headquarters, in a room where a virtual reality program is used for empathy training purposes.

“We are so grateful to the very generous donors who made this building possible, and we’re tremendously excited about the positive impact this new space will have on our community,” said Hospice of Southern Maine CEO Daryl Cady in the release.

“In addition to the increased number of hospice patients we will be able to support, Hospice of Southern Maine designed the new Hospice Center with long-term sustainability in mind," she added.

She also noted that the facility's solar/geothermal system will supply 100% of the building’s energy needs with clean energy and dramatically lower CO2 emissions than traditional energy sources.

"As a health care and business leader in our community," she said, "we believe caring for the health of people and the environment go hand in hand.”

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