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Archdiocese of Toronto Pledges $1 Million to Providence's Palliative Care Program

Nov 13, 2015

Providence Healthcare has received a $1 million donation from the Archdiocese of Toronto to support the revitalization of its palliative care program, providing loving and supportive outreach to patients at the end of their lives. In the spirit and tradition of Providence’s 158 years of Catholic health care, both patients and their families and friends will benefit from all that the new program will have to offer. The new spaces will include design features such as:

  • A dedicated entrance, separate from Providence’s general rehab hospital population, allowing for privacy and comfort
  • Comfortable patient rooms, featuring soothing décor; serene spaces with pull-out sleeper recliners for families, with television and music inputs
  • Support services for families, such as overnight suites and personal care spaces, a Children’s Play Area and a Business Centre
  • Easy access to a peaceful, relaxing outdoor space
  • Common rooms for individual socialization, family and pet visiting, music, entertainment, arts and crafts, computer workspace, television and movie watching

The palliative care wing’s reception area will be named in honor of the Archdiocese of Toronto. View an artist’s renderings of the new space:

“The palliative care journey is one of the most difficult experiences to deal with whether you’re going through the journey yourself or part of that person’s circle of family and friends,” explains Josie Walsh, president and CEO of Providence. “But it can be a beautiful experience, and can offer the chance to affirm and celebrate a life well lived. That’s what we aim to do through our palliative care.”

Palliative care is “where our efforts should be focused – fostering a culture of love and care for those who are dying,” said Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, when the gift was announced at the Cardinal’s Dinner on November 5. News of the announcement was also shared at Providence’s Silver Ball, an annual gala held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on November 7.

The archdiocese’s pledge, part of Providence’s Hope Starts Here capital campaign, will be fulfilled over several years and will help Providence transform its palliative care space to support extraordinary end-of-life care. An extensive remodelling of two existing hospital floors is underway, slated for completion in 2016. At that time, Providence will relocate its palliative care program to the new, home-like and integrated environment.

The Archdiocese of Toronto is Canada's largest diocese, stretching from Toronto north to Georgian Bay and from Oshawa to Mississauga. It is home to 1.9 million Catholics and 225 churches, with Mass celebrated in more than 30 different languages each week.