The Chesapeake to dedicate ‘Cardinals Haven’ Aug. 11

By Ann Lovell

The Chesapeake will hold a dedication ceremony Aug. 11 for Cardinals Haven — a private place for families of The Chesapeake’s residents to gather as their loved ones experience hospice, palliative or end-of-life care. Families may also use Cardinals Haven when a loved one is at The Chesapeake  for post-hospital care.

“Cardinals Haven includes a spacious living room and bathroom  in The Chesapeake’s health care wing,” explained David Loop, The Chesapeake’s Executive Director. “It is outfitted with a desk, Wi-Fi, comfortable furniture, including a recliner and sleeper sofa, and a private outdoor patio. Our goal is to provide families whose loved ones are coming to the end of life with a private, comfortable place to reflect and remember.”

Funds for Cardinals Haven were provided by Jesse and Sue Hughes, residents of The Chesapeake since 2011. Their interest in developing this unique space originated after reading “Being Mortal” by Dr. Atul Gawande in a resident book club.  They submitted ideas to The Chesapeake’s strategic planning committee and soon Cardinals Haven began to materialize.

“Our dream is that Cardinals Haven will provide a peaceful retreat where families can gather to celebrate the life of a loved one,” Hughes said.

The ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. in The Chesapeake Room at The Chesapeake, 955 Harpersville Road, Newport News, Virginia.


Ann Lovell is Corporate Director of Communications for LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes. For more information, email alovell@lifespireliving.org or call (804) 521-9192.

LifeSpire of Virginia operates four continuing care retirement communities in Virginia: The Chesapeake in Newport News, The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville and Lakewood in Richmond.