Hospice of Kitsap County Thrift Store to close – Bremerton Patriot #pismo

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Hospice of Kitsap County Thrift Store to close

BREMERTON – The Hospice of Kitsap County Thrift Store will stop taking donations this week and will close as of Jan. 31. In anticipation of the closure, the store will hold a clearance sale to sell the remaining merchandise.

The Thrift Store, located at 301 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton, was not part of MultiCare’s purchase of Hospice of Kitsap County.

“We appreciate the dedication of the employees and volunteers who ran this store and we thank them for their service,” said Kevin Turner, executive director of Hospice of Kitsap County.

The store, which opened in 2014, had supported Hospice of Kitsap County operations. MultiCare is focused on improving and expanding the hospice services and operations. Keeping the Thrift Store would divide attention from that priority.

MultiCare announced in December that it purchased Hospice of Kitsap County Operating under the name of MultiCare Hospice. The transition will be complete on Feb. 1. MultiCare Hospice will work to expand access to hospice resources in Kitsap County and the surrounding region. The transition is expected to be seamless for patients.

Hospice of Kitsap County has nearly 50 employees and more than 60 volunteers. It is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified, Washington-state-licensed agency supported by the community through memorial gifts, donations, grants and annual fundraising events.

MultiCare operates Hospice and Home Health services throughout Pierce and South King counties. MultiCare currently provides adult and pediatric specialty services in Kitsap County.

Hospice of Kitsap County will become part of MultiCare’s integrated not-for-profit health care system, which includes Auburn Medical Center, Allenmore Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Tacoma General Hospital and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, along with numerous outpatient clinics and specialty centers. Patients at Hospice of Kitsap County will continue to receive expert care from its interdisciplinary team of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, health aides, spiritual counselors and volunteers.

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