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Southlake celebrates official ground-breaking of the Margaret Bahen Hospice for York Region

New hospice will provide much needed end-of-life care to about 250 patients annually

Newmarket – November 18, 2016 – Southlake Regional Health Centre held an official ground-breaking ceremony this morning to celebrate a new 10-bed regional residential hospice being built on Queen Street in Newmarket, Ontario.

The Margaret Bahen Hospice for York Region will offer a comfortable, home-like environment for patients who are in the final stages of a terminal illness. When completed in late 2017, the hospice will serve about 250 patients and their families from York Region and surrounding areas, each year.

“As our community continues to grow, it is important to ensure that our population has access to comprehensive palliative services,” said Dr. Dave Williams, President and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre. “The Margaret Bahen Hospice for York Region will help meet the growing need for hospice services through compassionate and personalized care in a home-like setting.”

Patients can live out their final days at the hospice, surrounded by family, friends and a healthcare team specially trained to meet their needs.

The hospice is named after Margaret Bahen, one of Southlake's most generous donors. Mrs. Bahen and her family are long-time philanthropic partners of the hospital, having supported numerous programs, including the Regional Cancer Program's Bahen Chant Radiation Treatment Centre and the John and Margaret Bahen Rehabilitation Program.

“We are so very grateful to the many donors who have come forward to support this project, especially Margaret Bahen and her family. Together with the community we have raised $4 million towards our campaign goal, and are so appreciative of the philanthropic support of our community partners that will enable the hospice to provide compassionate, round-the-clock care for patients and their families as they go through one of life's most difficult journeys,” said Neila Poscente, President and CEO of the Southlake Foundation.

The hospice construction and fit-out, including furniture and equipment, will be 100 per cent community funded through Southlake Foundation's $12 million love lives here campaign. As the hospice will serve all of York Region, Southlake has partnered with the Central Local Health Integration Network (Central LHIN). The Central LHIN has selected an operator for the hospice, Better Living, which will oversee day-to-day operation of the hospice.

“Bringing the Margaret Bahen Hospice to York Region is a result of extraordinary leadership and collaboration between Southlake and the Foundation, Margaret Bahen and family, and the many donors who support palliative and end-of-life care as a patient and family priority,” said Kim Baker, CEO of Central LHIN. “The addition of this hospice is a tremendous asset that will enable us to continue to enhance services right across Central LHIN together with our providers and partners and through our regional palliative care teams to better coordinate care for patients and families.”

For more information or to make a donation to the campaign, visit www.southlakefoundation.ca.  

Media Contact:

Gloria Bacci-Puhl
Strategic Communications Consultant
Southlake Regional Health Centre
(905) 895-4521, ext. 2169


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