St. Luke’s opens hospice on long-vacant SW Trafficway property

For more than 20 years, the former Cresthaven Estate sat empty on Southwest Trafficway. The size of the large former estate led many to dream of reuses for it: a musical performance venue, a bed and breakfast, a showplace for garden statuary.

But in the end, it was St. Luke’s Health System that finally bought the property and found a new use for it.

The former building on the site of what is now the St. Luke’s Hospice House.

This weekend, St. Luke’s opened the doors of its new freestanding Hospice House on the site of the former red brick building.

The new 22,500-square-foot hospice sits on the two-acre property. It features 12 private patient suites; an indoor and outdoor chapel; family sitting rooms, living spaces and screened-in porches; a staffed kitchen and family dining room; guest showers for families and visitors; a children’s area; and common living rooms with amenities such televisions, games, and fireplaces, according to St. Luke’s.

St. Luke’s has offered in home hospice care, but has not had a facility in Kansas City until now.

Advocates of hospice care raised $4 million for the house.

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