The Star Hospice House Grand Opening, Chautauqua County’s First Dedicated Hospice Facility

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Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care (CHPC)

Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care (CHPC) proudly announces completion of The Star Hospice House, Chautauqua County’s first dedicated hospice facility, which will celebrate its grand opening on February 8th. Serving as many as 200 patients per year, The Star Hospice House also includes rooms and living spaces for families to rest, prepare meals, and focus on their loved one.

While most patients would prefer hospice care in their home, complex medical needs or the lack of an available caregiver may force patients into a nursing home–a significant disruption in the middle of an already difficult time. The Star Hospice House is therefore devoted to providing compassionate care in a setting designed to reduce stress for both the patient and their family.

“Thanks to our incredible donors, Chautauqua County will have a Hospice House for the first time increasing our ability to deliver superior care in a homelike setting that is safe and compassionate,” said Shauna Anderson, President and CEO of Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care. “Completing The Star Hospice House serves a profound need in our community and realizes a longstanding dream of CHPC to build a caring environment devoted to both patients and their families.”

The project began in 2019 when CHPC purchased a home adjacent to its Lakewood, NY office with the intent of renovating it for a dedicated hospice facility. Despite supply chain challenges and in the middle of a global pandemic, CHPC exceeded its own fundraising goals with more than $2.7 million dollars in donations.

“The Star Hospice House will be more than a medical facility,” said Laura McCollough, RN, who was hired in 2021 to serve as the inaugural Residence Director of The Star Hospice House. “Our goal is to provide the best care possible in a calm, home-like environment for patients and their families. Staff will be trained on our patient-centered philosophy and policies to prepare them to best meet patients’ needs with compassion and flexibility.”

When and Where
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
February 8th, 3-4:30 PM
Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care
20 W Fairmount Avenue
Lakewood, NY

***Due to Covid protocols, attendance at the live event is limited to media and invited guests.***

Additional opportunities for the community to tour The Star Hospice House will be available and posted soon at

Media wishing to tour the facility prior to the grand opening should contact Craig Garaas-Johnson at 716-269-9841.

Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care

For nearly 40 years, Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care has provided compassionate, expert end-of-life care as the only Medicare-certified hospice provider in Chautauqua County. Our hospice and palliative care services allow the seriously ill and their families to achieve the highest possible quality of life while directing their own treatment. Caregivers are encouraged to contact CHPC to discuss the comprehensive hospice benefit covered in full by Medicare.

In addition, CHPC’s community-based palliative care is available to individuals with serious illnesses like COPD, cancer or Lou Gehrig’s disease. This specialized medical field focuses on pain management and symptom control for people with serious illnesses and keeping the patient comfortable, at home and in control while reducing hospitalizations.