New Castle Hospice Care Center

New Castle, DE

The New Castle Care Center is designed to enable Delaware Hospice to provide residents of Northern Delaware with ready access to inpatient care as well as provide space for Home Hospice Care, Grief and Loss Counseling Center and administrative areas to support a hospice care program averaging 750 patients per day.

Site studies of the rural 18 acre site resulted in a plan layout that provides all inpatient rooms with abundant sunlight and views of the surrounding countryside.  Designed as a series of connected pavilions, the buildings are designed to reflect the rural context with bold “barn colors”, classic forms and details including board and batten siding, covered porches and cupolas. Patient guest rooms are organized into two neighborhoods of eight guest rooms, each with its own common spaces for family members.

Essa Flory Hospice Center

Lancaster, PA

This was Pennsylvania’s first freestanding in-patient hospice facility.  The owner invited our design team to challenge conventional wisdom associated with skilled care design and create an environment that would look like, act like, feel like home.  The owner, architect and contractor worked together to reinvent the programmatic and visual interpretation of skilled care to offer an appropriate and meaningful end of life experience.  The 12-bed Essa Flory Hospice Center received numerous national awards for design excellence and remains a hallmark of preferred design for palliative care facilities in the United States.  The design success led to the need for a second larger hospice care center, modeled after the initial design.  The Essa Flory Center is now used for outpatient palliative care and staff training.

Awards:  Published in the Design for Aging Review, a joint design awards program and publication by the American Institute of Architects and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, National Award of Excellence in Construction, Associated Builders and Contractors, Gold Award; Annual Symposium of the Center for Health Design’s Environment Award for New Construction, Published:  Contract Design Magazine

Photo Credit:  Larry Lefever Photography

Delaware Hospice

Milford, DE

This inpatient hospice care facility is comprised of two neighborhoods of eight guest rooms each. Administration offices, support services including home hospice care, a Grief and Loss area, community conference room and a resource library round out each neighborhood. The private guest rooms have operating casement windows and French doors leading to a private patio area. Each room includes a private bath with European “roll-in” shower that can be accessed via a second doorway from the entry foyer allowing staff members to clean or restock without disturbing the patient.


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Mount Joy Care Center

Mount Joy, PA

In 1996, Essa Flory Hospice Center began offering inpatient palliative care. The need for inpatient care exceeded the center’s capacity, leading to a larger facility that maintains the homelike atmosphere of the original while focusing on connections with nature. The Mount Joy Center is comprised of 24 private rooms all overlooking gardens oriented south to receive the maximum benefits of sunlight year-round. The rooms are organized into three neighborhoods of 8 rooms, each with its own country kitchen, parlors and sun porch to provide comfortable socialization areas for family members.

Awards: Award of Merit, Special Recognition, Exhibition and Publication in AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Samaritan Center

Voorhees, NJ

The inpatient hospice care center, located on a hospital campus, features 18 private rooms, grouped in three wings. Each room has a private bathroom, a pullout bed for relatives, space for mementos and a private conversation alcove for family members. Each room also has direct views into surrounding gardens. To support family members, each household has a living room, eat-in kitchen and children’s area. Also included is a meditation chapel, counseling rooms, offices and conference spaces. The 98-seat multi-purpose room, adjacent to the front lobby, is also available for community events.


Photo Credit: Nathan Photography