Chaplaincy’s Hospice House Reopens After Water Main Break

Dec 29, 2022

Chaplaincy Health Care Reopens Hospice House

RICHLAND, WA – On Thursday, December 29, Chaplaincy Health Care reopened their Hospice House. The Hospice House was evacuated and temporarily closed after a water main break and partial ceiling collapse that happened on Friday, December 23.

Chaplaincy reopened six of their ten beds. Damages were kept to the back half of the Hospice House during the water main break, and Chaplaincy staff and community partners responded quickly to keep damages from spreading. Four beds in the back half of the Hospice House will remain temporarily closed as they undergo more extensive cleaning and repair.

Since the time of the event, the building has been inspected and is safe for reopening.

“Because we were able to restrict the area, move quickly on the cleaning, and block off the rooms which were affected by the water main break, we are safely re-opening our Hospice House today,” said Chaplaincy CEO Laurie Jackson. “The patients we care for in our Hospice House are the most critical, highly acute patients, and we want to make sure we can serve them in the best way possible. I am so grateful that we can reopen this quickly and with such safety.“

During the incident on December 23, all patients, patient families and staff were unharmed and safely transported to Kennewick Life Care Center.

Chaplaincy’s Hospice House is the only hospice house in Benton and Franklin counties and one of only ten hospice houses in the state of Washington. The Hospice House provides a higher level of medical care to hospice patients during periods of uncontrolled pain and/or symptom management. It is a crucial service that is available to all hospice patients in Benton and Franklin counties.

Chaplaincy is accepting donations to help cover the costs of the damages incurred during the water main break and ceiling collapse. Donations can be made online at

About Chaplaincy Health Care

Chaplaincy Health Care is a non-profit agency whose mission is to serve others with exemplary spiritual, emotional and physical care. For over 50 years, Chaplaincy has served Benton and Franklin counties, providing comfort and care for people experiencing serious illness, end of life and loss. Learn more at www.ChaplaincyHealthCare.Org.