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Hospice breaks ground for new building

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RICHLAND, Wash. --  People gathered Wednesday in Richland for a ceremony dedicating land that will house the newest building for the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy.

The 12, 700 square foot building will take care of 100 patients,  house administrative staff, and have a chapel for the hospice. The new facility was needed to make room for patients and staff in their current location in Kennewick.

"Well, we almost outgrew our current facility when we stepped into it. We have over 150 full and part time people on our staff and we're moving about 90 of them here to this facility," says Bette Cooper, executive director for the hospice.

Construction on the new building is expected to be completed sometime in the summer of this year. The current facility at 2108 West Entiat Avenue in Kennewick will continue to operate as a business office.