Hospice Society announces intended direction for new facility

Hospice Society announces intended direction for new facility

Sechelt, June 3, 2020 –  The Sunshine Coast Hospice Society is developing a plan for expanded hospice facilities in collaboration with local palliative care experts and representatives of Vancouver Coastal Health.

“Our vision for the Sunshine Coast community is a home-like and welcoming Hospice and Palliative Care Centre,” says Society President Denis Fafard. 

“Over the last four years, we have discussed a number of options for a home for hospice with Vancouver Coastal Health, including co-location on the proposed Trellis long term care site.  However, after seriously considering this option, we have decided to work with Vancouver Coastal Health to include a hospice facility as part of the proposed re-purposing of Shorncliffe,” says Fafard.

“We believe the best option for the Sunshine Coast is a hospice and palliative care facility that is publicly owned and operated.  We are also open to exploring other location options, should they become available during our planning period,” says Fafard. 

“Earlier this week, we informed Trellis and Vancouver Coastal Health of our decision. We thanked Trellis for their willingness to work with us. However, the time we need to conduct a capital campaign and our vision do not align with the Trellis plan,” adds Fafard.

The society envisions that the new facility will include four state-of-the-art hospice suites, and one respite suite for patients receiving palliative care.  The centre will also include room for residents and their families to be together; hospice day programs and support services for patients receiving home palliative care and their families and people experiencing bereavement; offices and meeting rooms for hospice staff, volunteers and VCH’s palliative care team; and a welcoming outdoor garden.  It is also important that there be room to double the capacity of the facility over the decade following its opening, if the need is there. 

The Hospice Society intends to complete a plan for the Sunshine Coast Hospice and Palliative Care Centre by early fall, and hopes to negotiate a signed agreement by the end of 2020 with Vancouver Coastal Health to manage and operate the facility once it is built.  Charitable funds that have been raised to date for a new hospice  continue to be restricted for this purpose. 

For more information, please contact: 

Denis Fafard, SCHS President, denis.fafard@coasthospice.com ,or (604) 886-2262.

Elana Robinson, SCHS Executive Director, elana.robinson@coasthospice.com (604)-740-0475


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