Bluegrass Care Navigators breaks ground on new headquarters

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Bluegrass Care Navigators logo - formerly Hospice of the Bluegrass

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Bluegrass Care Navigators, one of the largest nonprofit hospice providers in the nation, Wednesday celebrated the organization’s growth and future with a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new headquarters.

The organization’s operations will continue to be based in Lexington on Harrodsburg Road, but will move to a five-acre campus with nearly 60,000 square feet of office space.  The Lexington offices serve as a statewide headquarters for the company, which supports five regional offices and more than 550 employees throughout northern, central and eastern Kentucky.

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“As a registered nurse, I know how important it is to have quality hospice care,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “With this new facility, Bluegrass Care Navigators will be able to meet the needs of Kentucky families for many years to come.”

Volunteers and donors founded the organization in 1978, operating in a house on Nicholasville Road.  The organization estimates that it has provided end-of-life and palliative care services to more than 100,000 Kentuckians over 41 years. While hospice care remains our largest and core service, Bluegrass Care Navigators now provides a wide range of services to support those facing chronic and serious illnesses.

“Bluegrass Care Navigators has built a reputation for providing comforting care at the right time to the seriously ill in our community. We want to keep helping those who need care and services in their homes,” said CEO Liz Fowler.  “Our goal is to keep growing – and keep innovating.  With this new headquarters, we will be well-positioned to provide more of the care our community has come to know and expect.”

The headquarters will include many new improvements, including a dedicated bereavement center for grief care, clinical training areas and multipurpose outdoor venues.  The legacy of donors and volunteers who founded the current Lexington campus will be commemorated at the new location.

“These new opportunities are only made possible by those who paved the way, particularly through the support of the Kaufmann family who funded our current campus,” said Board Chairwoman Shannon Arvin.  “As we plan the design of our new headquarters, those who have contributed to our past buildings will continue to be honored.”

Bluegrass Care Navigators anticipates the new headquarters to be open by March 2020.

Bluegrass Care Navigators provides hospice care in 32 counties across central, eastern and northern Kentucky.  In addition, the agency supports those facing serious illness or chronic disease with private duty nursing, home primary care, transitional care, adult day health care, grief care and palliative care services.

For more information, call 855-492-0812 or visit www.bgcarenav.org.

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