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Monroe County Hospice House Getting Ready to Reopen

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SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The Monroe County Hospice House is getting ready to reopen after its sudden closure last year. The facility will need community support to survive.

Weekday afternoons are typically quiet at Cherry Creek Hideaway on Bangor Mountain Road in Stroud Township. But today, the staff is working hard. 

The restaurant is donating 20-percent of food sales to Monroe County Hospice House. 

“I have some experience with hospice in my family. Not the hospice house, but hospice care. And I just think it’s an awesome service that’s really valuable and needed in the community,” explains Maureen Modzelewski, owner, Cherry Creek Hideaway. 

Lehigh Valley Health Network closed the Hospice House in Smithfield Township last April, leading to outrage and protests outside the hospital. 

As Hospice House sat empty, community members formed a special committee to determine if it was financially feasible for the facility to reopen. 

“What we definitely wanted to do was to make sure that if it reopened, it was going to stay open. So our goal has always been that,” explains Mark Primrose, committee chair.

Advocates of Hospice House say fundraisers will be vital for the facility to survive. Fundraisers also help raise support and awareness for potential patients. 

“There’s no question the house is the best option,” Primrose adds.

Jacqualyn James agrees. 

Hospice House is where her mom passed away, peacefully. She recalls, “I had no idea what the place was before she was sent there. And it was certainly a godsend, for her and for the whole family.”

A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19th at 1 pm, with an open house the following night. 

UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS:

Blue Ridge Winery – July 7, 2019 – Fundraiser  $10 donation at door

Smugglers Cove – Aug. 21, 2019 – All day 25% on Food.

Original Baily’s – Sept. 25, 2019 – All day 25% on Food

Desaki – To Be Determined

Stroudsmoor – To Be Determined

Sept. 15, 2019 – Telethon – East Stroudsburg University

Sept. 22, 2019 – Concert – St. John’s Lutheran Church


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