Memorial Hospice relocates to new home on College Avenue; expanded site brings facilities for community care and support under one Santa Rosa roof
As of Monday, February 25, an iconic Santa Rosa building will become the new home of Memorial Hospice, a provider of hospice services for St. Joseph Health. The 12,000 square foot building at 439 College Avenue has been renovated to accommodate 81 hospice employees and the community services they provide. These services include end-of-life care, grief support programs, public education classes, and volunteer trainings.
The Santa Rosa-based Hospice is part of a countywide network of care that also includes Hospice of Petaluma and Healdsburg-based North County Hospice, all affiliated with St. Joseph Health. In collaboration with their counterparts at Hospice of Petaluma and North County Hospice, Memorial Hospice caregivers and volunteers care for and support up to 170 patients across Sonoma County per day. In addition, each week they serve up to 200 more clients who include family members, friends and others coping with the serious illness or death of a loved one.
Memorial Hospice formerly occupied a cluster of three separate, smaller houses at the corner of Mendocino Avenue and Benton Street, not far from the new facility, which is located on a block of College Avenue between Mendocino Avenue and Highway 101.
"As hospice care providers with a long history of serving patients and family members throughout Sonoma County, we are pleased to have all our Memorial Hospice staff under one roof," said Judy Ryder, Director of Memorial Hospice, North County Hospice and Hospice of Petaluma. "The renovations to the building have created a beautiful and cohesive workspace that will be welcoming and well utilized by our staff, volunteers and people from the communities we serve."
The search for a suitable building for Memorial Hospice began in early 2010. It was challenging to find an office space in central Santa Rosa that met the needs of the hospice program to house 81 employees, grief counseling offices, plus a room large enough to seat 60 people for staff meetings and community education programs
The structure at 439 College Avenue has been remodeled to meet those needs. Designed in the early 1960s by local architect J. Clarence Feliciano, it is an example of mid-century modern architecture and features unique design. Renovations have created a clinical staff wing on the East side of the building and public space on the West side. One of the building's most inviting features is its large community room, which was designed to take advantage of natural light from its large, two-story windows facing College Avenue. The community room will be dedicated to Gypsy and Peter Grauert in honor of their volunteer service and support of Memorial Hospice.
Memorial Hospice has retained the team's existing phone number (707) 568-1094.