Ontario is improving access to hospice palliative care in Northumberland County with the opening of a new hospice that will support up to 35 more clients and their families each year.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Lou Rinaldi, Member of Provincial Parliament for Northumberland- Quinte West, were at Community Care Northumberland today to announce the future Community Care Northumberland Hospice Care Centre in West Northumberland.
The new facility will ensure high-quality and compassionate end-of-life and palliative care is available to meet the growing need for residential hospice care in the region. The centre will provide patients, caregivers and families seamless access to information, support, referral options and relevant programs.
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“Hospices in Ontario do an excellent job of providing high quality and compassionate care in our communities. This new funding will support the critical role that Community Care Northumberland already plays in this community, and is an important part of our government’s commitment to expand hospice palliative care across the province so that even more people can benefit from their supports.”— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"Community Care Northumberland is continuing its long history of compassionate support for members of our community who are in most need. Our government has made hospice care a priority so that our families and our neighbours know they can get the care required at a time when they are most vulnerable."
- Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P., Northumberland-Quinte West
“Today’s funding announcement is an integral piece in the development of our Hospice Services program. We look forward to working with the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, Central East LHIN, our local partners and the community to broaden hospice palliative care resources focusing on quality, respect, choice and dignity for clients with life limiting illnesses and their families.”
— Trish Baird, Executive Director, Community Care Northumberland
“The creation of Hospice Hubs is one of the five priority recommendations approved by the Board of the Central East LHIN as it implements the LHIN’s Integrated Health Service Plan. Together, the LHIN and its health service providers are continuing to support palliative patients to die in settings other than hospitals if that is the patient’s choice. Today’s announcement supports the LHIN’s Palliative Care goal and supports Community Care Northumberland, as a Hospice Hub and Centre of Excellence in hospice palliative care, grief and bereavement services, to provide end-of-life services to local residents when death is imminent and a home death is not possible.”
— Deborah Hammons, Chief Executive Officer, Central East Local Health Network
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Laura Gallant, Minister’s Office, 416-327-4450
David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
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