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June 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 12
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OpusCare of Florida Breaks Ground on South Florida's First Freestanding Hospice Care Unit

May 19, 2021 - OpusCare of Florida broke ground on Miami-Dade County’s first free-standing 13 bed inpatient hospice unit on May 19, 2021. The new facility will be located at 9730 E. Fern Street in the Village of Palmetto Bay. 
 
 
Rendering of OpusCare of Florida’s new freestanding inpatient unit 
 
The new facility will help meet the needs of current and future OpusCare patients by improving the delivery of hospice care services. The facility will provide a home-like setting where patients and their families will be able to have privacy and access to supportive care from OpusCare’s hospice specialized staff. 
 
The oasis-style unit will be complete with 13 private suites, state-of-the-art technology, a meditation garden, chapel, and dedicated areas for counseling, spiritual, and bereavement services that are not easy nor ideal to provide in a hospital setting. 
 
“In September of 2017, we began our search for an ideal location for our freestanding hospice unit to better serve South Florida’s aging population,” said Dr. Ismael Roque-Velasco, President of CEO of OpusCare of Florida. “Today, as we break ground on this location that has been years in the making, we are pleased to know that this contemporary and state-of-the-art facility will provide hospice and palliative care to patients facing end-of-life in a comfortable environment outside of a hospital setting, as well as respite care and support for their families.” 
 
A freestanding hospice inpatient unit in Miami-Dade County would allow for OpusCare to extend and further enhance the quality and continuity of care that they currently provide. OpusCare’s specialized services, innovative facility, and qualified staffing will allow patients and their families to have an alternate, independent choice with the patient’s best interest in mind.
 
After careful consideration, OpusCare selected the Village of Palmetto Bay as the optimal location for the freestanding inpatient unit and for expansion of the company’s footprint in South Florida.  As OpusCare continues to anticipate the growing demand for hospice care in Miami-Dade County, this unit proactively prepares to meet those needs and demand. 
 
The groundbreaking ceremony was hosted by Dr. Roque-Velasco and OpusCare’s leadership team.
 
“As the fastest growing hospice and palliative care organization in South Florida, this new facility allows us to continue to expand our footprint across our community,” said Nicolas Roque, Administrator and Chief Compliance Officer for OpusCare, who has been intimately involved in overseeing the entire application process for this new facility. 
 
Candela and Partners are the architects for the new freestanding facility and CamCon is the general contractor. 
 
OpusCare of Florida has been serving the Miami-Dade community since 1991 and has three other locations in Texas including facilities in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and the Rio Grande Valley. 
 
For more information about OpusCare of Florida visit opuscare.org/south-florida.
 
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