Hospice of the Chesapeake, the premier non-profit provider of hospice care to patients with advanced illness in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties, has announced the largest donation in the nonprofit’s history – $5 million dollars – from John and Cathy Belcher of Edgewater, MD. The landmark gift will directly support the construction of a new 14-bed state-of-the-art Inpatient Care Center and will also provide seed funding for The John and Cathy Belcher Institute for Complex Illness Care.
To honor the couple, longtime supporters of the health care provider, Hospice of the Chesapeake’s headquarters location at 90 Ritchie Highway in Pasadena will be named The John & Cathy Belcher Campus.
The new Inpatient Care Center is scheduled to break ground in June on the Pasadena campus. Currently, Hospice of the Chesapeake has two patient care centers; the Creston G. Tate & Betty Jane Tate House in Linthicum and the Mandrin Inpatient Care Center in Harwood, MD, however, the largest majority patients are cared for in their homes by Hospice of the Chesapeake professionals and volunteers.
The newly developed John and Cathy Belcher Institute will be steered by Dr. Lou Lukas, Chief Medical Officer, Hospice of the Chesapeake, and will lead positive and transformational change in the care and understanding of complex illness.