Last week marked the closure of Marion Hospice and the opening of St. John Hospice at the University of British Columbia. The smooth transition was largely thanks to the many existing Marion Hospice staff, physicians and volunteers who moved to the new facility to provide their care and expertise. Their dedication to hospice care is greatly appreciated.
PHC will be operating St. John Hospice under contract with Vancouver Coastal Health. The 14 bed hospice features a home-like setting, 24-hour nursing care, and a multidisciplinary care team including experienced physicians, registered nurses, a counselor, an on-site clinical coordinator and a pastoral care provider, as well as a large group of volunteers to provide extra support.
Although Marion Hospice has closed, there are plans to build a new 12 to 15 bed hospice on the former St. Vincent’s Hospital site at 33rd and Heather Street. On March 25, 2013 the BC government committed $2 million for the creation of a permanent home for Marion Hospice.
Tapestry Foundation for Health Care is currently fundraising for the new home for Marion Hospice. The Foundation already has more than $1 million pledged giving it a great start. The facility will create a new permanent home for Marion Hospice, to be operated and staffed by PHC.