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Dougherty Hospice House

Thanks to support from the community, the Dougherty Hospice House opened its doors on December 2, 2007 introducing the community to a new meaning of hospice. "We feel the Dougherty Hospice House will be a place to celebrate life," says T.J. Reardon, a supporter and donor of the house. And with a private, home-like setting full of natural light, open gardens and courtyard space, this new sixteen-room facility hopes to fulfill its mission: to provide a dignified, peaceful journey from life to death through excellence in spiritual, emotional and physical care to those who are dying and their loved ones.

The generous contribution from local leaders and major gift from Michael Dougherty set the wheels in motion to construct a new facility for hospice patients. Today, patients and families can enjoy and celebrate life while receiving the comfort and support they need. "Hospice is not a place, but a concept of care," says Reardon. Located in a beautiful, natural environment with convenient access to Avera Prince of Peace, the Dougherty Hospice House provides a peaceful setting while remaining committed to providing the most modern care techniques.

From the ninety pieces of original artwork on display throughout the home to the fully equipped patient suites, the Dougherty Hospice House truly redefines the meaning of hospice. Artist Mary Groth, a South Dakota native, feels especially touched to have her artwork on display. "To attend to the needs of a fellow human being as they prepare to depart from this world is a calling of the utmost importance, and I am honored to have my artwork be a part of it."

If you would like more information about the Dougherty Hospice House or would like to donate to ongoing operations, please contact Robin Prunty, Vice President, at 605-322-8833.

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