A crowd of over 130 people celebrated the newly expanded Haven Hospice E.T. York Care Center in Gainesville on March 15. The event gave Haven Hospice board members, donors and members of the local community a chance to tour the newly-renovated care center.

Haven Hospice recently completed construction on the 12-room expansion to the E.T. York Care Center. Originally built in 1996, the care center was expanded to meet the growing needs of hospice patients and their families in the Gainesville area. In addition to adding new, private rooms to bring the total to 30, Haven also renovated all of the existing rooms, gathering areas and the kitchen.

“We are thrilled to complete the construction on the 12-room expansion of the Haven Hospice E.T. York Care Center,” said Haven Hospice Vice President of Organizational Advancement Eric Godet. “This expansion will allow Haven to further its mission of honoring life by providing comfort, care and compassion to those we serve.”

During the expansion construction, over 2,000 memory bricks were carefully removed. Haven offers opportunities for families to remember their loved ones by sponsoring a brick on the memorial walkways near the gardens of the care center. These memorial bricks were reinstalled in a new area on the property once construction was completed.

Careful measures were taken to preserve two heritage oak trees on the site. “The design of the expansion was created around the heritage oak tree closest to the building to minimize impact and protect the root system. Grading soils around the tree was minimized because we didn’t want a lot of activity under the canopies,” said Landscape Architect Buford Davis, principal of Buford Davis + Associates in Gainesville.

The living room and solarium were replaced by a remodeled family space and a family kitchen which is divided into four gathering areas by two large saltwater aquariums. The nurse’s station was replaced with a family dining area, and the industrial kitchen was expanded. Five new, smaller nurse’s stations are situated throughout the care center ensuring patient rooms can be accessed more quickly and easily. 

The new hardscape and landscape ties back to the original construction and design which was completed by general contractor Parrish McCall, Brame Heck Architects, and Buford Davis + Associates. These three Gainesville companies teamed up once again on this expansion project for Haven Hospice which employed a majority of local subcontractors. “We had a good team on this project, and everyone has had a long-term relationship, so that is key,” said Davis.

While the chapel remains with its stained glass windows, the rose garden was relocated outside of the new meditation room and screened-in deck. Haven Hospice would like to thank all of its board members, donors and members of the community whose efforts made this expansion possible.