April 11

Leamington residents will soon have easier access to end-of-life care.


The board of the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network voted Tuesday to fund 10 new hospice beds for the Leamington area.


The proposal projects the hospice would be operational sometime between 2014-2015.


According to the proposal presented to the LHIN board, the added beds are expected to help reduce emergency room visits for palliative care, reduce the pressure on hospitals and provide more appropriate services to county residents and their families.


The board also approved funding to create 10 new hospice beds for Chatham-Kent residents.


"We know that hospice offers comfort, dignity, and peace of mind for patients and their loved ones. Hospice services won't heal the body, but it will help to heal the hearts of those going through a difficult time," LHIN CEO Gary Switzer said in a statement on Tuesday.


Earlier this year, a small group of doctors and volunteers in Leamington pitched the idea to the Erie St. Clair LHIN to build a satellite of the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County.

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