The Mason Enterprise Center business incubator in Old Town has picked up a new, high-profile occupant.
Hospice of the Rapidan has opened a new location at 70 Main Street, Suite 23, to better serve residents of Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties. From this new site, hospice nurses and staff members will have easier access to local patients, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
"Opening this site in Warrenton's historic downtown is realization of a long-time plan and a step closer to having a clinical presence in the northern part of our service area," said Hospice of the Rapidan Board President Jane Smith in a release. "We had been searching for just the right location for more than a year ... one that would help us to become more a part of the community in Fauquier and Rappahannock and pave the way for our plan to one day provide an in-patient hospice facility. It was also important that the expansion into our northern service area be accomplished in a fiscally responsible fashion, respecting the intentions of our donors."
Executive Director Melissa Mills said, "From this wonderful new site, our nurses will be able to have a closer location for patient charting, replenishing supplies we provide for our patients and accessing the technology needed to support patient care. Bereavement support can be provided here, volunteers can be trained here, as well as having a great location for our various committees to meet ... all of which should help to enhance response times and make our services more accessible for Fauquier and Rappahannock patients and their families."
The expansion was made possible by the availability of space in the new Mason Enterprise Center, an office incubator facility spearheaded by George Mason University in concert with the Fauquier Economic Development Department. Mason Enterprise Center Regional Manager Renee Younes said, "We are delighted that Hospice of the Rapidan has signed on as an annual tenant with us. Our intention was to provide a professional facility that would enhance or expand the ability of small businesses and charities to establish themselves in our community. Hospice of the Rapidan provides an essential service to our residents so they are a perfect fit for us."
Miles Friedman, the county's economic development director, said, "We are delighted to host Hospice of the Rapidan in the Mason Enterprise Center-Fauquier. This partnership makes great sense, as the organization needs room to expand its valuable operation into the Fauquier region, and it will be fun to grow the Center and Hospice of the Rapidan together."
Hospice of the Rapidan is the only non-profit community hospice serving Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison and Orange counties and has been providing service to the citizens in these communities for 30 years. To learn more about hospice care, grief support or volunteer opportunities call Hospice of the Rapidan: Culpeper office 540-825-4840, Warrenton office 540-216-7963 or visit http://www.hotr.org