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Jun 27, 2013

Hospice Of Windsor and Essex County is expanding. It will set-up a satellite residence in Leamington, where it will provide specialized end-of-life care and support to the patient's family.

Carol Derbyshire, executive director of hospice, says she is thrilled services will be expanded to Leamington.

Derbyshire says about 170 patients are treated each year at hospice located in east Windsor. Many come from the county.

"Between 25 and 40 per cent of the patients in the residential home are from the county," she said. "It's a home-like setting that will be a comfort for patients and families in Leamington and surrounding communities."

The Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network has approved funding for 10 hospice beds in Leamington.

The funding totals $920,000 or $92,000 per bed.

Derbyshire says that leaves about $200,000 to be raised to set up a satellite hospice residence on the campus of Leamington Hospital.

She says volunteers, doctors and others have agreed to help raise the money.

Derbyshire expects that if everything goes according to plan the new hospice residence could open in October of 2014.

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