The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties is pleased to announce the recent completion of its McClure Miller VNA Respite House capital campaign. Begun in March 2016, the capital campaign successfully raised $7.1 million dollars to fund construction of the larger, state-of-the-art hospice residence in Colchester. McClure Miller Respite House is the only Medicare-certified residential hospice in Vermont.

Through the generosity of 567 donors, led by benefactors Lois McClure and Holly and Bob Miller, for whom the new VNA Respite House is named, and the sale of the VNA’s original Vermont Respite House property in Williston, the vision of building a larger residence to meet the growing demand for residential hospice services became a reality.

A combination of astute budget stewardship and generosity from the REM Development design/build team and the donation of 25 idyllic acres of land from the Millers allowed the project to be completed in less than a year and significantly under budget. A generous $500,000 donation from the Pomerleau Family Foundation funded an endowment in memory of Anne Marie and Ellen Pomerleau.

“The profound difference high-quality, person-centered hospice care can make in the lives  of families facing a terminal illness cannot be underestimated. We’re so grateful for the overwhelming support we’ve received from the community that has embraced this project,” said Judy Peterson, VNA president and CEO.

“Many of the gifts were made in memory of loved ones who received compassionate care in the last chapter of their lives at Vermont Respite House. These gifts ensure other families will experience this care in our new hospice home for decades to come.”

In addition to increasing capacity from 13 to 21 residents, the new VNA Respite House   includes larger, thoughtfully-designed resident rooms with private in-room bathrooms and handicapped accessible showers, as well as comfortable space for family to stay overnight. The house also features improved kitchen facilities, multiple family gathering spaces including a light-filled living room with fireplace, reflection room, children’s play area and the ability to expand should additional resident rooms be needed in the future.

Admissions have increased by 50 percent since the first residents moved into McClure Miller VNA Respite House on Sept. 16, 2016.