Regional Hospice and Home Care has opened the state’s first and only nonprofit, all-private-suite, family focused hospice center. The ribbon was cut at the Center for Comfort Care and Healing on Monday. President and CEO Cynthia Roy says this has been a long journey, and just when they thought there couldn't be one more thing to endure, there was.
The drapery installer last week accidentally drilled into the sprinkler system and caused three patient rooms to get flooded. It was 20 minutes before the SWAT team of 100 Danbury Police Officers were set to be there for an emergency drill. Roy says the Center survived, and the place now looks fantastic.
Roy says she is perplexed when people ask her why they built such a beautiful place for people who are dying. She believes that death is like birth, a sacred moment that families will never forget. She notes that people remember where they were, what time of day and the last words of loved ones when they pass. Roy says the loss of a life changes the world of all who knew that person. She hopes this center is a place that is sacred, to honor, witness and be thankful for the love and life of that person.
During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Roy also honored their former colleague, 23-year old Rachel Sack of Bethel. The young mother was killed by a hit and run driver in November on South Street in Danbury. Her family was on hand for the ceremony. Roy said it was strange to do the opening without her, but she is always in their hearts. Her picture hangs in the new center.
Roy says she is proud of what the staff has built collectively. She says each person has given of themselves and given financially. As hospice workers, Roy says they are welcomed into families lives at a very difficult time.
The Center is set to open the first patients in February.