The Lionel Kelland Hospice Board of Directors is ready to issue a Request for Proposals on the design of a 10-bed community-based residential hospice to be located at the Presentation Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor.
Design work and architectural planning on the new hospice is expected to be complete this fall. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2020.
The Provincial Government will contribute up to $3 million to assist with capital costs. The Board of Directors through community fundraising efforts will raise the remaining funding needed to support the new hospice. To date, individuals, businesses and community groups have committed more than $880,000 towards construction.
The Lionel Kelland Hospice will provide holistic supports to patients and their loved ones in the end-of-life journey. The hospice will be available free of charge to people province-wide and will include private residential rooms, a community common room, and kitchen and dining areas. There will also be quiet spaces designed for patients and their families, accessible tub and shower rooms, a nursing station, secure medication area and outside garden space.
The Lionel Kelland Hospice is a partnership initiative that complements work already underway by the Provincial Government to improve health services and ensure better outcomes in the area of home and community supports.
“The Lionel Kelland Hospice is a perfect example of the good things that can happen when people in the community and government come together for a good cause. Hats off to the board and the Presentation Sisters for their insight and leadership, and to the municipalities in the region for their support. Much credit is due to the Rotary Club of Exploits and other regional community groups for spearheading fundraising initiatives.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Communities Services
“Issuing a request for proposals for the design of Newfoundland and Labrador’s first community-based residential hospice is indeed a significant milestone. The cooperative spirit and collaborative actions of the Department of Health and Community Services and Central Health have been paramount in achieving our vision for a 10-bed hospice. We all share the desire for quality care and services for persons in need of end-of-life care. The foundation we are building is fundamental in ensuring a continuing and an unwavering focus on the patients and families who will use our services in the future.”
Board Chair, Lionel Kelland Hospice
“At Central Health, we understand the importance of caring for people throughout all stages of life, and that includes end-of-life. As a key partner in care, the Lionel Kelland Hospice will provide comprehensive, holistic and respectful care to patients and their families. We congratulate the board and their community partners on reaching this important milestone.”
President and CEO, Central Health
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Health and Community Services
Lionel Kelland Hospice
Gayle St. Croix