Photo above: A rendering of the front entry of the hospice planned for Squamish.
VCH is partnering with the Squamish Hospice Society to build a four-bed hospice in Squamish, thanks to a generous donation from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.
The foundation presented a $300,000 cheque to the Squamish Hospice Society at an event held at the future home of the hospice, adjacent to the VCH Hilltop Residential Care Facility in Squamish.
Photo above: The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation presents Squamish Hospice Society with a $300,000 gift on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
“It is important for individuals and their family members to know that there are supports in place that provide them with comfort, dignity and quality of life should they require end-of-life care,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix.
In recognition of the donation, the hospice will be named the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Sea-to-Sky Community Hospice. Construction will begin this summer, with the hospice expected to open in spring 2019.
“We are delighted to be able to support the construction of this much-needed facility,” said Mei Madden, executive director of the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation. "In addition to our regular funding, the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation’s goal is to support one everlasting legacy project per year that will benefit residents of our local communities.”
Key features of the new hospice include private bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a foldout couch so family members can stay, a central living/dining/kitchen area and sacred space, as well as a nursing station, medication room and consultation office. The hospice will also have a family laundry room and a shower/tub room.
Photo above: Rendering of a patient bedroom.
“This is a much-needed facility for our Sea-to-Sky communities. It will provide the option for patients and families to be together, close to home during a very challenging time, said Keith McBain, executive director of residential and seniors programs at VCH Coastal. “VCH is grateful for the generosity of the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the ongoing support of the Squamish Hospice Society.”
The Squamish Hospice Society also provided funding, in addition to the $300,000 donation from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation. Vancouver Coastal Health will provide an annual operating budget of $566,000.