Hospice Orillia launches 2014 annual appeal for funds

by / Saturday, 09 May 2015 / Published in Latest News

Current and past supporters of Hospice Orillia have received their annual appeal for funds and Hospice would like to engage the public as well. The request for funds is in support of two bold and new initiatives that will have a lasting positive impact on the way people live and die in Orillia: paediatric palliative care via a new partnership with Orillia Soldier’s Memorial Hospital (OSMH) and initial planning of a residential hospice for the community. Hospice is looking for donations from the community to help make these initiatives become a reality.

Hospice Orillia’s new partnership with OSMH lies directly with the Children’s Complex Care Navigation Program.  Through this program, OSMH is already a provincial leader in offering excellent medical care to our community’s most vulnerable and medically complex children.  This partnership will ensure that their families’ emotional and social support needs are also being met, from diagnosis through to bereavement.

“In the past, we were contacted only when a child had reached the end of their life to provide support, but now we will be integrated as part of the care team from day one,” says Amy Pritzker, Client Care Coordinator at Hospice Orillia. “This will allow us to focus on the child’s emotional, social and spiritual needs while the physicians focus on medical, to ensure they have a high quality of life while they are dying,” she adds.

“We are thrilled to have a partnership with Hospice Orillia to support families in our program,” says Dr. Michelle Gordon, Director of the Children’s Complex Care clinic at OSMH. “The amount of distress that a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness can have on a family is immense, particularly in the case of an infant or child. Hospice Orillia will help these families get through an extremely difficult time in their lives,” she adds.

In addition to their focus on paediatric palliative care, Hospice is working with local physicians and key community partners to bring a residential hospice to Orillia.

Sandra Dunham, Executive Director explains: “Currently, people in Orillia who cannot be supported to die at home are required to die in the hospital or to leave our community.  We are working with community partners to bring a sustainable model of residential hospice to our community.  We understand how important a resource like this could be for Orillia.”

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Hospice Orillia is a not-for-profit charity organization that offers practical, emotional and spiritual support to those in our community coping with advanced illness, death and bereavement. To donate to Hospice Orillia, please visit www.hospiceorillia.ca/donate or mail or drop off a cheque payable to Hospice Orillia to:

169 Front St. S., Orillia, ON  L3V 4S8

For more information, please contact:

Rachael Ogorek
Communications and Fundraising Coordinator
Hospice Orillia
705-325-0505 Ext. 108