Hospice receives long awaited funds to open four new beds
Hospice Georgian Triangle has received approval and funding for the four unopened beds at Campbell House.
Hospice Interim Executive Director Trish Rawn, and Hospice Georgian Triangle Foundation Director Janet Fairbridge, announced last week that the funding has officially been put into place by the Ministry of Health.
They said, the good news was shared in a phone call from the Hon. Doug Downey, Attorney General and MPP Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, and details were confirmed by the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integrated Network (NSMLHIN).
“End of life care is an important part of our healthcare system. Hospice Georgian Triangle provides a dignified and comfortable place for people to spend their last days surrounded by loved ones. This funding means more families will find support in peaceful transitions, surrounded and guided by the caring staff at this hospice,” said Downey.
“We are thrilled to now plan for the official opening of our additional four beds,” said Rawn. “We will be implementing a new, end-of-life respite model of palliative care delivery to help end hallway healthcare for North Simcoe Muskoka.”
“The funding we will receive is the provincial standard of $105,000 per bed per year, which equates to approximately fifty percent of the operating costs for a hospice bed in Ontario. We will continue to rely on our generous community for their support of HGT’s mission and their donations to fund the other fifty percent to keep our doors open,” said Fairbridge.
“We are very grateful to the NSMLHIN and Ministry of Health for their belief in Hospice Palliative Care. This is very good news for the North Simcoe Muskoka region to have another ten-bed hospice available to those who require exceptional palliative care.”