JOINT NEWS RELEASE
HOSPICE SIMCOE AND HOSPICE HURONIA
As the population of Simcoe County continues to grow and as our population ages, the demand for high-quality hospice palliative care services increase.
Hospice Huronia plans are well underway to open a new five-bed residential hospice by December 2019 to serve northern Simcoe County.
Over the next year, as 'Tomkins House' is being built in Penetanguishene and a residential program is put in place, Kelly Hubbard, the executive director at Hospice Simcoe in Barrie, will share her time and expertise as executive director at Hospice Huronia effective Jan. 2, 2019.
“Hospice Simcoe is pleased to assist Hospice Huronia by offering to share the services of Kelly Hubbard as executive director on an interim basis," said Chris Nichols, board chair with Hospice Simcoe. "We are hopeful that this innovative venture will benefit our communities and have a positive impact on both organizations.
"A full review will be conducted at the end of six months," Nichols added. "Given a positive outcome, a more permanent arrangement may be considered.”
"Hospice Huronia is pleased to announce that we will be sharing Kelly’s over 25 years’ experience in palliative care both in nursing and administration," said Anne Murphy, board chair with Hospice Huronia. "In addition, as a former board member of Hospice Huronia, she is familiar with the dedication of our staff and volunteers as well as the strength of our community programs, and building project.”
“It has been clearly demonstrated that coordinated community hospice palliative care is desirable, as individuals do not want to die in an acute care setting," said Kelly Hubbard, RN BScN MHSc CHPCN, executive director with Hospice Simcoe and Simcoe County Hospice Alliance chair.
"People want to die at home or in a residential hospice facility," Hubbard added. "I am very proud of Hospice Simcoe’s ability to deliver high quality hospice palliative care and am pleased to share our successes with Hospice Huronia.”
All hospice programs and services are provided at no cost to our residents, clients or their families. Big or small, every donation makes a difference; each dollar raised or donated to your local hospice stays in your community. We are thankful for those who make hospice their charity of choice.