Celebrating a Decade of Caring at the Poppen Hospice Residence


hospiceTen years ago this month, with the support of a generous community, Harbor Hospice opened the Leila and Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence in Fruitport township to serve patients who could no longer be cared for at home or in an alternate setting. The vision to provide patients with the opportunity to live out their journey – on their terms – with the expertise of the hospice team has been realized by over 2,000 patients and families cared for at the residence.

“The staff at the Poppen Hospice Residence was absolutely amazing. They were respectful, caring, loving and phenomenal at providing care. Not only did they care for our family member but also for the entire family. They truly have a passion for treating their patients from their whole heart.”

“The sense of peace and comfort that our patients and families express to us on a daily basis validate our belief that this is a needed resource for the communities we serve. We are so grateful for the philanthropic support we receive, which is broad and heartfelt. Our board and leadership focuses on being good stewards of community resources. We like to say that we’re planning for the care that we will want someday, says Mary Anne Gorman, executive director.

For additional information, or to tour the Poppen Hospice Residence, please contact Harbor Hospice at 231.728.3442 or 800.497.9559, email info@HarborHospiceMI.org or visit our website www.HarborHospiceMI.org.

About Harbor Hospice

Harbor Hospice is a community based, nonprofit organization that cared for its first patient in 1983. Serving a 5-county area in west Michigan, its administrative offices and 14-bed hospice residence are located in Muskegon, Michigan. Governed by a community board of directors, Harbor Hospice employs 90 staff providing hospice care to patients at home, in facilities and in the Poppen Hospice Residence. Eighty trained hospice volunteers provide patient and family support such as respite care, grief support, community education and fundraising. In 2014, Harbor Hospice served 790 patients throughout the lakeshore area. Reflecting its commitment to high quality care, Harbor Hospice has maintained accreditation from the Joint Commission since 1997.