The vision of our hospice came to light after a chance meeting in 2005 of three nurses with a passion for palliative care. Pauline Faull, Lynda Pecora and Rosaleen Dunne (pictured left with past Board chair Dr R. Henderson) wanted to take the sting out of death and dying and to create a home where people could go to receive compassionate care at end of life and to be treated with dignity and respect in a home-like environment.
PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE FUNDING
The Government of Ontario officially recognized The Bridge Hospice with funding for direct healthcare costs. The province commits to providing financial support of up to $315,000 per year to be applied to nursing and personal support workers.
NEW DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL SERVICES AND OPERATIONS HIRED
Kerri-Anne Wilson, a Registered Nurse with an extensive background in public health, infection control, and long-term care, is hired to provide professional and practice leadership.
PARTNERSHIP WITH SAINT ELIZABETH
A collaborative and innovative partnership with Saint Elizabeth Community Enterprises is announced at the Annual General Meeting. As of September 2015, Saint Elizabeth will provide a team of palliative nurses and personal support workers to the hospice, allowing The Bridge Hospice to operate at capacity with professional healthcare 24/7.
FIRST RESIDENT IS ADMITTED
With our dedicated team of resident care volunteers in place and visiting professional support from the Community Care Access Centre, we welcome our first resident.
BUILDING PHASE COMPLETE
After seven years of hard work and fundraising by our dedicated volunteers and community, our building is completed!