Hospice Georgian Triangle Visit – Funding Announcement
Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson visited Campbell House – Hospice Georgian Triangle on Friday March 10th to tour the facility and to make an important funding announcement.
“It was a great opportunity for me to meet with staff and to tour the facility. It was also an opportunity for me to better understand the programs they have in place not only here at Campbell House but throughout the community, and the supports they have for bereavement and for those living with end of life illnesses.”
This week the Ontario Provincial Government announced it will be providing $13,726,100 in additional one-time funding for nursing, personal support, and other services delivered to patients in 84 residential hospices across the province. MPP Saunderson said for Hospice Georgian Triangle, this means an additional $236,500 top-up increase from base funding will be made available.
Hospice Georgian Triangle Executive Director Trish Rawn talked about the need for people to be able to access all of their health care needs close to home. “Partnerships are important. There is a lot of innovation happening. We are always trying to learn” Rawn said, adding that the pandemic changed the way hospices operate. “I don’t think we have ever been as connected as we are now. The pandemic made it necessary for health care agencies from around the province to communicate more, adding hospices have taught physicians a great deal of what palliative care can be.
Rawn said it is important for everyone to have a plan in place before they become ill. “We want to be a hub to make navigating the system in our community easier.”
Hospice Georgian Triangle receives less than 20 percent funding for community support programs provided by social workers, psychotherapists, and other mental health workers. Hospice Georgian Triangle relies on 15 community volunteers to support the growing needs in the towns of Collingwood, Clearview, The Town of The Blue Mountains and Wasaga Beach.
MPP Saunderson learned that relying on donations to fund essential services is not sustainable. That is why this day’s top-up funding announcement was met with such excitement.
MPP Saunderson said his government realizes hospice facilities represent a very critical component of the health care process. “The growth of hospice and palliative care is critical moving forward.”
MPP Brian Saunderson met with Hospice Georgian Triangle staff members to make the top-up funding announcement.
Trish Rawn, Executive Director of Hospice Georgian Triangle, and Board Chair Peggy White took MPP Brian Saunderson on a tour of the facility.
Nurses station at Hospice Georgian Triangle – Campbell House
Hospice Georgian Triangle boasts a large kitchen/dining area and a wonderful chef. The dining area is adjacent to a large, bright sitting area to allow for easy access back and forth.
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