OpusCare of Florida lays the foundation stone for the region's first free-standing hospice unitRendering of OpusCare of Florida’s new freestanding stationary ward

OpusCare of Florida broke ground on May 19th for the first free-standing, 13-bed inpatient hospice unit in Miami-Dade County. The new facility will be located at 9730 E. Fern St. in the village of Palmetto Bay.

The new facility will help meet the needs of current and future OpusCare patients by improving the delivery of hospice services. The facility will provide a homely environment where patients and their families will have privacy and access to supportive care from OpusCare’s specialized hospice staff.

The oasis-style unit will be equipped with 13 private suites, state-of-the-art technology, a meditation garden, a chapel and special areas for counseling, spiritual and funeral services that are not easy or ideal to provide in a hospital setting.

“In September 2017, we began looking for an ideal location for our detached hospice unit to better serve the aging population of South Florida,” said Dr. Ismael Roque-Velasco, President of the CEO of OpusCare in Florida. “Today, as we broke ground at this location, which has been built for years, we are pleased to know that this modern and ultra-modern facility welcomes patients at the end of their lives in a pleasant environment outside of a hospital as well as relief care and support for their families.”

A freestanding inpatient hospice ward in Miami-Dade County would allow OpusCare to expand and further improve the quality and continuity of the care currently offered.

OpusCare’s specialized services, innovative facilities and skilled staff will enable patients and their families to make an alternative, independent choice that is in the best interests of the patient.

After careful consideration, OpusCare selected the Village of Palmetto Bay as the optimal location for the free-standing stationary station and for expanding the company’s presence in South Florida. As OpusCare continues to anticipate the growing demand for hospice care in Miami-Dade County, this unit is proactively preparing to meet those needs and demands.

The groundbreaking ceremony was hosted by Dr. Roque-Velasco and the OpusCare leadership team.

“As the fastest growing hospice and palliative care organization in South Florida, this new facility enables us to further expand our presence in our community,” said Nicolas Roque, Administrator and Chief Compliance Officer of OpusCare, who is closely overseeing the entire application process for this new one Facility.

Candela and Partners are the architects for the new freestanding facility and CamCon is the general contractor.

OpusCare of Florida has served the Miami Dade community since 1991 and has three other locations in Texas including facilities in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and the Rio Grande Valley.

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