Another first for hospice

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When the Chatham-Kent Hospice opens officially next week it may have the distinction of being the first facility of its kind to be open without being a day hospice first.

Hospice board chair Jennifer Wilson said she doesn’t know of any other hospice to have that distinction.

“Chatham-Kent and the people in it continue to go above and beyond,” she said. “There’s nothing that surprises me any longer. We are so fortunate to be living here.”
The hospice surpassed its $5 million construction goal by more than three quarters of a million dollars and raised another $287,000 for its hope chest campaign to furnish the ten-bed facility.

Opening ceremonies this week took place only a year after construction began on the 10=bed facility on Park Street, adjacent to St. Andrews’ residence.

Wilson said enthusiasm for the project has carried through to the staff. “The nurses had a sleepover last week,” she laughed. “They said they needed to know what lights should be on dimmer switches and what normal night noises are in the building.”

Open house tours of the facility will be held April 9 from 9 a.m.to 7 p.m. and April 10 from noon to 5 p.m.

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