Hospice on track for Jan­uary open­ing

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - JA­SON BAIN EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER ja­son.bain@pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

The new home of Hospice Peter­bor­ough is ex­pected to open its doors next Jan­uary after con­struc­tion is com­pleted in De­cem­ber, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Linda Sun­der­land told Peter­bor­ough County coun­cil­lors Wed­nes­day.

The change of di­rec­tion from ren­o­vat­ing the his­toric Dum­ble-Lang­ton House to hav­ing to de­mol­ish it caused sig­nif­i­cant de­lay, but there are many ben­e­fits to the new build, she said as she pro­vided an up­date on the care cen­tre project.

The new de­sign has im­proved ac­ces­si­bil­ity at the fa­cil­ity and cre­ated a brighter, more func­tional space, Sun­der­land said. A more com­pact foot­print means more space for fully ac­ces­si­ble gar­dens, for ex­am­ple.

The new build­ing will have 14,793 square feet on two lev­els. The agency cur­rently op­er­ates out of 3,500 square feet, she pointed out. “This is a sig­nif­i­cant en­hance­ment for Hospice Peter­bor­ough … we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to open­ing our doors.”

The county, which com­mit­ted $350,000 to the project, funded 10.6 per cent of con­struc­tion re­quire­ments for 2017 with its first $175,000 in­stall­ment, Sun­der­land told coun­cil­lors.

She re­minded them that last year’s $2 mil­lion con­tri­bu­tion from the prov­ince com­pleted the cap­i­tal fundrais­ing cam­paign.

Next for the project is com­plet­ing in­te­rior de­sign and fur­nish­ings, work that is ex­pected to be done by De­cem­ber.

The doors will open next Jan­uary and the res­i­dence will of­fi­cially open in Fe­bru­ary after staff are trained and of­fi­cials en­sure the fa­cil­ity is func­tion­ing well, Sun­der­land said.

Some 26 per cent of Hospice clients, 367 in to­tal, came from the county in 2017 and 2018, Sun­der­land ex­plained. Peter­bor­ough ac­counted for 69 per cent, while the re­main­ing 5 per cent of Hospice clients came from else­where.

War­den Joe Tay­lor pre­sented a cheque for the re­main­ing $175,000 from the county to Sun­der­land fol­low­ing her del­e­ga­tion.

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