City Pledges $1 Million Dollars to Support Hospice Quinte Capital Campaign
Posted: March 25, 2019
Mayor Mitch Panciuk was pleased to announce at the conclusion of tonight’s Council meeting that the City of Belleville has made a $1 million dollar commitment to the Hospice Quinte capital campaign to build a hospice facility.
The $1 million donation will be made over a six year period of time, the first two years from the Social Infrastructure Fund and the following four from the City’s Elexicon Energy (former Veridian Connections) dividends.
“This is an important community offering and is consistent with the priorities this City Council is demonstrating in investing in quality of life services for Belleville residents,” Mayor Mitch Panciuk said. “How we treat one another during particularly difficult times in life is a testament to the values we hold as human beings. This investment is further proof of our commitment to bettering the lives of our residents - including during the end of life. I am proud of our contribution and I am proud of our City Council for this action.”
The Hospice Quinte Care Centre will be a 10,796-square-foot facility which will be safe, comfortable, quiet and welcoming – feeling as close to home as possible for patients and their families. It will be strategically positioned to maximize the greenspace that will enhance the peaceful and home-like environment. The centre will feature: six private bedrooms with private outdoor patios; welcoming light-filled spaces; a quiet/spiritual area; private family rooms; gathering spaces and lounges; outdoor green space and garden; visiting hospice and community program space and an administration area. The centre’s design will accommodate a future expansion to 10 beds. The new six-bed facility will be conveniently located between Belleville and Quinte West. The goal is to break ground in the spring of 2020 and open the doors in the spring of 2021.
Mayor Mitch Panciuk Makes Quinte Hospice Funding Announcement
What great news it is to be able to announce our funding of the new Hospice Quinte Care Centre.
Our community needs a community-based hospice care centre and the time is now to proceed.
Belleville City Council is proud of our contribution of $1million toward their Heart & Home Building Campaign to support the construction of the new centre.
We join the City of Quinte West which has generously contributed the property for the build and have also contributed an additional $1million in cash.
I was pleased to attend the announcement earlier this year of the $1.2million in capital funding from the provincial Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care with MPs Todd Smith and Daryl Kramp and Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison.
It is time for this community service considering that the senior population in our area is above the provincial average and is the fastest growing age group in Canada. We also know that 70-80% of Canadians would prefer to die at home but the reality is that 67% die in hospital.
There is currently a gap in palliative care services in our community with only the choice of dying in a hospital or at home – and dying at home is simply not an option for most individuals or their families.
The Hospice Quinte Care Centre will care for those who are in advanced stages of life-limiting illness and will provide them and their families with the greatest quality of life.
With our announcement today of $1million over six years we will allow Hospice Quinte to approach other municipal partners so that they will also contribute to our regional facility.
So what do we get for this money? We are funding a 10,796 square foot Hospice Care Centre which will be safe, comfortable, quiet and welcoming - and will feel as close to home as possible for patients and their families. Professional care will be provided 24 hours per day, 7 days a week and at no cost to the family. The new 6-bed facility will be conveniently located between Belleville and Quinte West and will be an important service for our residents.
This is an important community offering and is consistent with the priorities this City Council is demonstrating in investing in quality of life services for Belleville residents. How we treat one another during particularly difficult times in life is a testament to the values we hold as human beings. This investment is further proof of our commitment to bettering the lives of our residents including during the end of life.
I am proud of our contribution and I am proud of our City Council for this action. Now the Fundraising Campaign team can get to work to collect the remainder of the money needed.
PHOTO CAPTION: MAYOR AND COUNCIL SHARE DONATION NEWS WITH HOSPICE QUINTE