- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A hospice house built after neighborhood opposition on the east side of Des Moines has stopped accepting patients.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1ZcA8On ) that HCI Care Services officials confirmed Tuesday that they’ve decided to not serve patients at the Bright Kavanagh House for now.

HCI spokeswoman Katie McIntyre says the agency is using that building as office space, while consolidating care at its 15-bed hospice house on Des Moines’ west side. The agency could resume patient services at Bright Kavanagh if more beds are needed in the future. The vast majority of patients receive services in homes.

The $6 million, 24-bed facility opened in 2008 after objections from city officials and neighborhood leaders, who said the property would be better used by a for-profit business that would pay taxes.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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