Hospice facility to break ground this year


Cayman HospiceCare plans to break ground on its new West Bay Road facility sometime this year, thanks to more than a million dollars raised by Derek Haines’s successful bid to run six marathons in a year, according to the organization’s medical director. 

Dr. Virginia Hobday said the organization recognized Mr. Haines for his support at its annual general meeting this week. She said the architect is already working on options for a new building, and that they hope to have the exact property lines from the Dart company, which is donating the land, in the coming weeks. 

The organization’s staff and architect John Doak traveled to the United States last month to look at hospice facilities in and around Charlotte, North Carolina, and met with another architect who specializes in designing hospice buildings, Dr. Hobday said.  

“We want to try to combine all the best things we’ve seen, and adapt them to Cayman and our community,” she said. 

The organization will maintain its home-care program to help keep people comfortable and work with their families when they choose to stay at home at the end of a terminal illness. The new building will be designed to give people and their families a private, calm space during end of life, Dr. Hobday said.  

She said she wasn’t sure exactly when they would break ground on the new building, but it would be some time this year. 

In addition to the $1.1 million raised by Mr. Haines, Dr. Hobday said, the organization has received “quite a few in-kind donations” to help with construction. 

She added that the organization still needs to continue raising money for day-to-day operations providing free care to people in Cayman facing terminal conditions. “We still have patients to look after,” she said. 

Once the new building is complete, Cayman HospiceCare will move its patients and programs, including its support groups, to the new West Bay Road facility. 

The goal of the new building, the medical director said, is to provide “a peaceful, contemplative space” for patients and families. She said the design will fit the Caribbean character and surrounding landscape. 

At the Cayman HospiceCare AGM on Tuesday, chairman Chris Duggan, left, presents marathon runner Derek Haines with a framed photograph of the front page of the Cayman Compass that featured him crossing the finish line of his sixth marathon in Cayman in December. – PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY


  1. Cayman Hospice is a truly fantastic charity that provides help when people are at their weakest.

    And it is staffed by wonderful, caring people.

    So good luck with your plans for the future.