Hospice brings a needed facility to Ponca City

Ponca City Now - July 23, 2014 12:05 pm

Ponca City is meeting a need via Hospice’s new digs. A new building for Hospice of North Central Oklahoma has been in the works for more than a year and they can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Wendy Stobbe, Hospice’s marketing director said this new home will also house Ponca City’s only conference center.

"The south side of the building will actually be the Carolyn Renfro Event Center and there is a large space that’s open," Stobbe said. " We’re going to be able to have a beautiful stage area, as well. We should be able to accommodate 200 or so people in round tables, so you could have a large convention or meeting. It’s going to have its own separate parking on that south side with entrances. There is going to be a coat check, and of course its own restrooms. There is also breakout rooms within the hospice building, should someone need to have breakout rooms within there conference. It’s going to have a 26 foot stage with state-of-the-art audio, visual equipment. There is also a catering kitchen that will be inside the facility that people will be able to use. It’s just going to be beautiful, we are really excited about it being available for public use.

Stobbe said there will be an event charge, but she isn’t sure how much yet. Hospice plans to move-in, in November and the event center should be available in the beginning of 2015.

The new building use to be a church that sits at Bradley and 14th. They are keeping a chapel area, but other areas will be renovated into storage and offices. The building will also have two commercial rental areas, which they are hoping to rent to American Red Cross and RSVP. Stobbe said they are excited about all the potential this place holds, but are still collecting donations.

"We are still in the end stage of our capital campaign for this project," Stobbe said. " We still lack about $400,000 to finish out some of the things we want to do with the building, so we’re still encouraging people to be a part of that giving. We have different giving levels that will be recognized on our wall, anything from $100 and up will be recognized on the donor wall. It’s not to late to make a 3-year pledge or make a one-time donation."

It’s a $2.7 million capitol campaign. All you have to do to donate is visit their current office on Union or call 762-9102.


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