For Immediate Release
May 15th, 2019
GREY-BRUCE RESIDENTIAL HOSPICE HOPEFUL FOR MUNICIPAL SUPPORT
BROCKTON- HANOVER-SOUTH BRUCE: Today representatives from Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce Inc. and the South Bruce Grey Hospice Committee made a presentation to Brockton Municipal Council. Ken Brown, Chair of the committee said “after more than four years of meetings and planning to expand hospice services beyond Chapman House, Owen Sound, today we have asked the council to support establishing a satellite hospice in South Bruce by donating a parcel of land owned by the municipality located in Eastridge Park, Walkerton”. He went on to say “if the land request is approved, we will be able to then develop a design for the building, determine costs to construct and start raising funds to get it done”. Paul Rowcliffe, Board Chair RHGB is very encouraged by this recent development “the location meets all of the requirements established by our board and will provide the perfect setting for hospice residents”.
Alex Hector, Executive Director, RHGB said “with strong support from the provincial government’s January announcement to fund 6 additional hospice beds in south Bruce and now with support from Brockton municipality, if the land donation is approved, we will be well positioned to formally launch a multi-year fundraising plan to get this build underway. Once the satellite location is up and running, residential hospice will be accessible within 45 to 50 minutes for most residents of Grey Bruce”. According to Alex “we know the need for residential hospice is growing. Securing the land is an important step that enables us to move forward on our journey to raise the community portion of funding that will enable us to build a satellite hospice location in the south part of our region”.
Residential Hospice Grey Bruce (RHGB) owns and operates Chapman House based in Owen Sound which is an 8-bed hospice home. The LHIN has approved RHGB for 6 additional beds on the condition they be situated in southern Burce County as a satellite hospice that will serve southern Grey Bruce.
A committee comprised of members from South Bruce, Brockton and Hanover have been working closely with RHGB for over 4 years to bring a hospice to this area.
Having already received government funding approval, and now site selection completed, work will focus on designing the building and then raising the money to build and operate the satellite. Paul Rowcliffe, RHGB Board Chair said, “We are very hopeful that Brockton will approve our request”. He also mentioned that “the government funding is very important however it only covers part of the costs. Our (RHGB) responsibility is to work closely with the community to generate the funds to build and operate our satellite location. We will share further details once the design is completed and we understand what the costs will be to construct and outfit the building”.
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Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce Inc.
Alex Hector – Executive Director