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Community partners celebrate official opening of Hospice at Yucalta Lodge

March 17, 2017
Ribbon cutting at Yucalta Lodge

Campbell River—People who are nearing the end of their lives now have the option of receiving community hospice care at Hospice at Yucalta Lodge.

The new four bed community hospice space officially opened its doors today, and will begin receiving patients on March 20, 2017.

“Our government’s commitment to increase the number of hospice spaces in communities throughout the province means more people can choose to spend their final days receiving compassionate care at hospice, supported by their family and community,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “Hospice at Yucalta Lodge will provide patients and their families with supports and care through to the end of life.”

Patients will have private rooms, so they can share private time with their families and loved ones. The indoor space is filled with natural light and includes a family area with a kitchenette. There is an outdoor patio with a gazebo and a private entrance provides easy access.

“The official opening of the Hospice at Yucalta supports our commitment to double the number of hospice beds across Island Health to 64 by 2020,” said Island Health Board Chair, Don Hubbard. “This tranquil, friendly community hospice space will support local residents close to home, providing compassionate care and comfort as they approach the end of their life.”

“The new Hospice at Yucalta Lodge will significantly improve access to a whole range of coordinated clinical and social support services provided by Island Health and our community partners, including the Campbell River Hospice Society,” said Lois Cosgrave, Director, Palliative and End of Life Care Program. “End-of-life services also comprise a full range of home-based palliative care services provided to individuals in their homes by registered nurses, home support workers and hospice volunteers to ensure patients and families receive the support they need during such a difficult time.”

The volunteer services may include anticipatory grief support, vigil support, bereavement counselling, and caregiver support, as needed.

“We are honoured to be a part of the collaborative efforts of the local Hospice Bed Steering Committee to bring these important services to our community,” said Jacqueline Spies, Director of Programs and Services for the Campbell River Hospice Society. “Campbell River Hospice has been working with our community for 30 years and our dedicated team of staff and volunteers will continue to work with Island Health to support Hospice at Yucalta Lodge.”

The Campbell River Hospital Foundation and the Campbell River Hospice Society also formed an innovative partnership to raise funds for furnishings and items to create a comfortable, home-like setting for patients, families and visitors in the hospice space.

“The Hospital Foundation is dedicated to serving Campbell River and to help make sure the best end-of-life care is available to patients and our residents,” said Stacey Marsh, Campbell River Hospital Foundation Executive Director. “We are proud and grateful to contribute to such a beautiful and welcoming space that will bring care, peace of mind and comfort during a time of greatest need.”

Island Health recognizes that community based end-of-life care services are a priority for many communities within the region. The health authority has developed an end-of-life care plan and will continue to work on enhancements to a range of end-of-life care programs and services, including beds throughout its service area. Island Health’s end-of-life care plan is a long-term vision that will be put in place as resources and competing priorities allow. 

Photo Cutline: (L-R) Carly Pisterzi, Campbell River Hospital Foundation Event & Communications Director, Don Hubbard, Board Chair, Joan Taylor, Manager, Residential Services Yucalta Lodge, Pauline Bernard, Island Health Director, Geo 1 and Director, Community Health Services, Lois Cosgrave, Director, Palliative and End of Life Program, Dr. Helen Garson, Campbell River Hospice Society Enhancement Team, and Jacqueline Spies, Director, Programs and Operations, Campbell River Hospice cutting the ribbon at the official opening of Hospice at Yucalta Lodge on March 17 in Campbell River. 

Media Inquiries: 
Val Wilson 
Director, Island Health Communications
250-739-6303
valerie.wilson@viha.ca