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April 14, 2016

by Jennifer Cranston

On Wednesday, April 6, hundreds of people gathered in Leamington to celebrate the grand opening of Canada’s first Hospice satellite residential home in the Country.

The 10 bed Erie Shores Campus Hospice is an extension of the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County. Operational funding for the facility was approved by the Erie St. Clair LHIN, but the land, building, and its contents all came from community donations.

“It started as a dream, and now it is a dream come true,” Essex County Warden Tom Bain said.

Bain was also very proud of County Council for their unanimous decision to donate $2 million to the project.

The total cost of the project is $6 million and more than $5 million has already been raised.

Leamington Mayor John Paterson listed countless businesses and individuals who donated money, services, and items to make the vision a reality. He also mentioned the Serenity Trail that the Town put in behind the new facility. The trail is part of the Town’s greater trail system.

He called the trail “a peaceful place for family members to find peace, grieve, and clear their minds.”

Leamington District Memorial Hospital Foundation was a major partner in this project, managing the fundraising over the last two years.

The Foundation will continue to accept donations for Erie Shores Hospice as it has committed to contribute $500,000 annually towards operating costs.

The Erie Shores Campus will provide 24/7 residential hospice palliative care services for all residents of Essex County at no cost. Along with 10 patient suites, the facility offers living areas for caregivers and family members.

Click here to read the original article on the Essex Free Press website

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