April 11

Monica Wolfson
Apr 16, 2014 - 9:11 PM EDT
Last Updated: Apr 17, 2014 - 7:10 AM EDT

County council committed $2 million over 10 years Wednesday to help pay for a $6-million satellite hospice facility in Leamington.

“This is an absolute necessity,” Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara said.

The Erie Shores satellite campus of the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County would be located across the street from Leamington Memorial Hospital on nine acres of land donated by the Amicone family.

The proposal calls for the construction of a 10-bed residential facility much like Windsor’s operation, hospice executive director Carol Derbyshire said. She pointed out that 40 per cent of the 1,723 new referrals to hospice in Windsor last year were county residents.

The Local Health Integration Network has agreed to pay for nursing and personal care workers, but the community has to pay and construct the facility, Derbyshire said. A hospice operation needs 100 volunteers and during a recruitment event, 175 people came to pledge support, she said.

Co-chair of the capital campaign, Cole Cacciavillani, said the shovel will go in the ground in July and will start taking patients in December.

Without soliciting any money yet, project organizers have already raised $1 million. Officials requested $200,000 a year for 10 years from the county with the first payment in 2014.

Most of county council supported the need of hospice beds and asked administration to look to see how the county can make a payment in 2014.

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