UPHP Donates $25,000 to Trillium House
MARQUETTE – Upper Peninsula Health Plan (UPHP) President and CEO, Dennis Smith, met with the Trillium House Board of Directors on Friday, January 15th to present them with a $25,000 donation in support of the Trillium House. Based in Marquette, the Trillium House is a local non-profit organization formed to build and run an eight-bed hospice house. The organization has raised more than $1.3 million towards the goal of approximately $2.5 million to design, build, furnish, and open Trillium House.
Dennis Smith noted that the Trillium House will meet a critical need for families in our community when a loved one is given hospice, but cannot receive that care in their home. “Other communities in the Upper Peninsula have already built hospice houses, and UPHP is happy to support the great efforts taken by the Trillium House in Marquette. We believe that building a “home” is the perfect answer to the growing hospice issue in our community”.
A hospice house provides a safe, welcoming, home-like environment to hospice patients. The patient’s hospice provider will see them at Trillium House just as if they were visiting the patient in their home. Trillium House will provide for the daily needs of patients including personal care assistance, meals and snacks that include family members, as well as laundry and housekeeping. According to Dr. Daniel Mazzuchi, President of Trillium House, “caring for loved ones like this is a 24-hour a day job. Many people are in homes that aren’t suited for it or there just aren’t enough people available to help. It can get over-whelming pretty fast in an already very challenging time”.
Once construction begins the build is expected to take between ten and 12 months.
For more information or to make a tax-deductible gift contact Trillium House at 906-264-5026 or visit trilliumhospicehouse.org.