South West LHIN Board decides on a two-site residential hospice in Huron Perth

Operational in March 2018

The South West LHIN Board of Directors have decided on a two-site residential hospice in Huron Perth with six beds in Stratford and four beds in Central Huron. For people living in Huron Perth, this decision will lead to improved access to residential hospice.

The LHIN Board considered the best available data, evidence and best practices to inform its decision. The Board also relied on significant planning input and feedback from key partners and communities, as well as advice from the Hospice Palliative Care Leadership Committee and LHIN staff.

The Rotary Club of Stratford got the ball rolling on this project back in 2013 with the City of Stratford providing financial support in the early stages. Although only six beds have been approved for funding the Site Committee says it’ll be building a 10-bed facility to accommodate future needs.  The Site Committee approached the Town of St. Marys requesting a grant in the amount of $300K to be either paid in a lump sum, or spread over as many years as Council saw fit. The Town said at that time that this amount far exceeded the annual grant program for the Town but now that the beds have been approved Council will be revisiting the issue. The hospice will be built behind Greenwood Court in Stratford.

The South West LHIN will be flowing funds once the beds are operational pending support from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Residential hospices are responsible to raise funds for operating costs over and above $105,000 per bed (providing for patient care needs) and for any capital expenses. It is anticipated that the new residential hospice beds in Huron Perth will be operational no later than March 31, 2018.

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