June 2018 marked a defining moment for the future of the West Island Palliative Care Residence. Hundreds of supporters and employees of the Residence came together to celebrate the start of construction to consolidate its two separate locations into a single, expanded facility housing all of its 23 beds under one roof.
With 16 years of leadership and service, the Residence is now poised to redefine palliative care locally and to increase capacity and access to quality palliative care across different care settings and communities in Canada. The Residence will achieve this through the consolidation of its two separate sites into a single, cost-efficient facility to accommodate its evolving needs and to share best practices in palliative care through the recently launched Montreal Institute for Palliative Care.
An investment of $12.5 million will allow this ground-breaking project to come to fruition. More specifically, $11 million is required to consolidate its two patient facilities and an additional $1.5 million in seed funding is being sought to leverage the Residence’s leadership and share best practices through the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care, which will be housed in the new building.
Currently, the Residence provides its vital services in two separate locations. An extensive analysis of the delivery of our care resulted in the realization that consolidating the Residence’s two facilities Under One Roof is the best long-term solution to cost-effectively sustaining best in class palliative care and optimizing the provision of care.
The Residence will expand the current and original facility by almost 30,000 square feet onto an adjacent tract of land it has secured at no cost. The project will provide a significant annual operating cost savings due to not having to incur the costs of renting a dedicated floor at a nearby long-term care facility for 14 of its 23 beds. The building project will take between 12 to 15 months.
The consolidation of the Residence’s two separate care facilities and the Institute under one roof will streamline the delivery of care locally and will serve as a Canadian model for exceptional palliative care provided to patients and families across the country. It should be noted that the new space will enable the Residence to adapt to ever changing needs and seize opportunities, housing the Institute, which will undoubtedly change the face of palliative care in Canada.