- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) - A $10 million gift to Dartmouth-Hitchcock will be used to create a care center for patients with life-threatening illnesses and complex medical needs.

The gift, the largest in Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s history, has been made anonymously. It will be used to establish a 12-bed center to fill a growing need for specialized care for seriously ill people whose needs are difficult to manage at home or in a nursing home.

The Center for Palliative and Hospice Care also will train doctors, nurses and other professionals and conduct research.

The $10 million will cover half the anticipated costs of the $20.5 million center. The balance will be raised through fundraising. Plans call for the center to open in 2017.

“Although great advances in palliative and hospice care have been made in the last decade, too many people are still dying in ways they would not want, often in intensive care units, connected to machines,” said James Weinstein, Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and president. He said the gift will allow Dartmouth-Hitchcock to further advance its work on palliative care in a place “where we will be able to better address the physical comfort, emotional and spiritual well-being, and inherent dignity of each patient and his or her family.”

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