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Ontario pledges up to $2M to help fund 10 new hospice beds

Expansion means Maison McCulloch Hospice can serve more people
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Sudbury MPP and Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault speaks at a chilly press conference outside Maison McCulloch Hospice Nov. 6 to announce the province is pledging up to $2 million toward funding 10 new beds. (Arron Pickard/Sudbury.com)

Sudbury MPP and Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault held a chilly press conference outside Maison McCulloch Hospice this morning to announce the province is pledging up to $2 million toward funding 10 new beds.

The hospice is renowned for providing end-of-life care to patients and families in Northern Ontario.

This investment is part of a new program to support the creation of new and expanded hospices across Ontario, a press release issued today states, which will support more than 2,000 additional people and their families each year.

Through this program, eligible hospices can apply for significant capital funding to supplement local fundraising efforts.

Maison McCulloch applied some months ago. 

At the facility's annual general meeting in September, it was learned the Northeast Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) had endorsed Maison McCulloch Hospice's capital grant request to expand to 10 additional beds (four residential hospice, six respite). 

"In cash we have raised more than $900,000 and with pledges we've received we're at more than $2 million," said Léo Therrien, MMH executive director said at the time. "We've applied to the Ministry Capital Fund for the 10 beds, the stage one application is complete, the LHIN has endorsed it and now we're waiting."

Residential hospices provide expert care in a home-like environment, giving families and friends the space and care they need to be with their loved ones at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives.today and into the future.

The campaign goal for fundraising was set at $5.1 million raised locally, with hopes of receiving the $2 million in grant funding.



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