Hospice Care Centre Update – June 22, 2017

Peterborough – On June 2nd Hospice Peterborough issued an update to its donors, volunteers, clients, community partners and the general public about the difficulties the organization has been facing with the Hospice Care Centre project.

This has been a very challenging time at Hospice Peterborough as experts in the field, partners, staff and valued volunteers became aware of the seriousness of the problems being faced with the old building on London Street and realized that some very difficult decisions needed to be made.

It was realized in May that the organization had reached a crossroads and needed to decide the best way forward to serve the community for decades to come. Under advisement of expert consultants and building team, the organization was directed to explore two options with regards to the current Victorian Home on the property:

Option 1: Retain the old house, remediate all known concerns, and renovate as planned, not knowing what other issues might arise;

Option 2: Demolish the old house and rebuild on the existing footprint, under a new contract, up to an agreed-upon maximum price.

The primary focus from day one has remained steadfast – to build a safe, homelike environment where Hospice Peterborough can offer the best possible support to individuals and families living with or affected by life-threatening illness and grief.

Throughout the project the organization has worked closely with architects, engineers, city staff, project managers and contractors to ensure due diligence at every step. However, since construction began last November there have been more challenges than anticipated. For instance:

  • poor soil conditions requiring a significant amount of extra fill, higher-than-planned concrete walls and deeper-than-expected concrete piers (caissons);
  • protected bat colonies inside the old house that could not be removed until their hibernation was over – and this literally shut down work inside the building over many winter months;
  • designated substances in the old house including lead paint, asbestos and… bat guano.

Hospice Peterborough fell in love with the old Victorian home on the property at 325 London Street when searching for the perfect property to build a state-of-the-art, 10 bed care facility and programming centre that would offer a homelike, safe refuge throughout the journey of illness, death and grief. The building was deemed of sound construction although in need of major renovations. It was felt that this older building would help maintain the homelike atmosphere Hospice Peterborough strives for and presently enjoys at its current location. The property also had sufficient acreage to allow the construction of a new adjacent building to house 10 bedrooms for providing end of life care. It was known that some challenges would be faced with the old building and plans and budgets were adjusted accordingly. Staff and volunteers were thrilled with the design developed by Michael Gallant at Lett Architects and were committed to overcome obstacles.

But matters continued to arise and in early May some additional significant problems were revealed:

  • severe foundation concerns after the foundation was exposed from the exterior
  • interior framing and structural issues when wall coverings and basement ceilings were removed;
  • a recommendation from Hospice Peterborough’s structural engineer not to enter the building for fear of collapse.

With the advent of these new issues and lingering concerns about as-yet-undiscovered building envelope issues, Hospice Peterborough’s Building Committee and Care Centre Development Committee met to review the two options, analyzing all pros and cons. A cost analysis was also undertaken and interestingly both options have a similar cost.

Hospice Peterborough has tried its very best to save this old house but as stewards of the generous community funding and donations received, the organization is committed to using each dollar with transparency and integrity, to build the community’s Care Centre and to deliver and expand organizational programs to meet the needs of clients, their families and the city and county of Peterborough. After meetings with the City Planning Department, legal counsel, architect Michael Gallant from Lett Architects and Craig Mortlock from Mortlock Construction, and much careful consideration, the Care Centre Development Committee and Board of Directors have made the decision to proceed with the demolition and new build option.

Hospice Peterborough is currently in negotiations with Mortlock Construction to finalize the terms of the contract so the organization cannot share too much information at this point. This decision involved much deliberation, discussion and the ideas and input from many, including experts in the field, partners and valued volunteers. It has been very difficult for the organization to let go of the old building. But ultimately there was a need to be reminded that this is not a restoration project, it is a project to build a new hospice for the community. Hospice Peterborough remains committed to build the best possible hospice for the community and are working to complete this project as soon as possible as delays in the project negatively impact Hospice clients and their families.

This decision will allow the organization to move forward with a more purpose built structure. One of the challenges of working with the old building was the necessity to fit programs into the existing space. The new two level model that is currently being discussed will improve accessibility and flow and ultimately create a space that is more efficient to operate and maintain. Next steps include negotiating the design build contract, developing the new building design, and planning for an enhanced Every Moment Matters Campaign.

Hospice Peterborough is grateful for the community’s vital support and will continue to share project updates as soon as possible.

For further information, contact:

Linda Sunderland, Executive Director, Hospice Peterborough
P: (705) 742-4042

Annual General Meeting

Hospice Peterborough Care Centre Update

Peterborough – Hospice Peterborough has reached a crossroads with its Care Centre project at 325 London Street and must decide the best way forward that will serve our community for decades to come. Under advisement of an expert Hospice team the organization is being directed to explore two options with regards to the existing Victorian home on the property.

  1. Retain the old house, remediate all known concerns, and renovate as planned, not knowing what other issues might arise;
  2. Demolish the old house and rebuild on the existing footprint, under a new contract wherein the contractor assumes the risk for designing and building a new building, up to an agreed-upon maximum price.

Hospice Peterborough’s primary focus from day one of the Care Centre project has remained steadfast – to build a safe, homelike environment where we can offer the best possible support to individuals and families living with or affected by life-threatening illness and grief.

Throughout the project Hospice Peterborough has worked closely with architects, engineers, city staff, project managers and contractors to ensure due diligence at every step. However, since construction began last November the organization has been plagued with more challenges than anticipated. For instance:

  • Poor soil conditions requiring a significant amount of extra fill, higher-than-planned concrete walls and deeper-than-expected concrete piers (caissons);
  • Protected bat colonies inside the old house that could not be removed until their hibernation was over;
  • Designated substances in the old house including lead paint, asbestos and…bat guano.

The organization had planned for some contingencies but matters continued to arise and in early May some additional significant problems were revealed:

  • Severe foundation concerns after the foundation was exposed from the exterior;
  • Interior framing and structural issues when wall coverings and basement ceilings were removed;
  • A recommendation from the building inspector and structural engineer not to enter the building for fear of collapse.

With the advent of these new issues and lingering concerns about as-yet-undiscovered building envelope issues (for example the structural condition of the roof) Hospice Peterborough`s Building Committee and Care Centre Development Committee met to review the two options, analyzing all pros and cons. A cost analysis was also undertaken and interestingly both options have a similar cost.

As stewards of community funding and donations Hospice Peterborough is committed to using each dollar received with transparency and integrity to build the community`s Care Centre and to deliver and expand its programs to meet the needs of its clients, their families and the city and county of Peterborough.

Hospice Peterborough is committed to completing this project as quickly as possible because delays in the project negatively impact Hospice clients and their families.

Hospice Peterborough will share updates on the project as soon as possible.

For further information, contact:

Linda Sunderland, Executive Director, Hospice Peterborough
P: (705) 742-4042

 

ABOUT THE CARE CENTRE

Our goal is to build a state-of-the-art, 10 bed care facility and programming centre that offers a homelike, safe refuge throughout the journey of illness, death and grief. This will complete Hospice’s transition to become a central hub for the delivery of hospice palliative care.

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National Volunteer Week!

This week is National Volunteer Week! We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to over 250 individuals who choose to volunteer their time with Hospice Peterborough. Your commitment to the individuals and families we support is truly inspiring.
Guided by a philosophy of compassion, respect and autonomy, our specially trained volunteers work together with staff to care for the whole person, improve quality of life and enhance comfort. When individuals and families come to Hospice, they realize they are not alone.

Our Volunteer Coordinator Paula Greenwood had this to say about our volunteers:

“Lucky us to work with such amazing volunteers! It is such a privilege to work alongside the volunteers of Hospice Peterborough. Each person brings their own unique set of skills and talents, and yet, what makes the most profound difference is their intent to make someone else’s road easier. This may not always be obvious to others, but this intent can be through direct client contact or working hard on one of our event committees. We thank you and celebrate you!”

Be it a listening ear, a friendly face at reception, or a song at the bedside, Hospice Peterborough volunteers are the best of the best!

Hike for Hospice Registration NOW OPEN!

We are pleased to announce that online registration for this year’s Hike for Hospice is officially open. To register for this May 7th event please CLICK HERE

Hike for Hospice is a non-competitive walk and Hospice Peterborough’s largest fundraising event.  It brings families, friends, neighbours and co-workers together to support and recognize the palliative and bereavement struggles of individuals and families in our community. 

Your support of Hike for Hospice is an opportunity to walk alongside and directly impact the over 6,000 people who benefit from the support, care and education offered by Hospice Peterborough.  Your participation in hike, whether as a hiker, donor or sponsor, will ensure that we can continue to offer 25 plus programs and services – free of charge. 

Hospice Peterborough relies on the generosity of local donors to support our programs and services.  You make hospice palliative care in our community possible and hope you will join us on Sunday, May 7th, as we hike together. 

For more information or to register please CLICK HERE or contact (705) 742-4042.

 

Hospice Peterborough Palliative Care Volunteer Training Sessions

Are you interested in working directly with Hospice clients and their families?

Hospice Peterborough is offering an introductory orientation session in March to learn more about this unique opportunity to volunteer. Call to register to attend on Thursday, March 2nd or Wednesday, March 8. Following an interview process, you may then be invited to join the hospice volunteer training which will begin in April for 10 weeks (3 hours weekly in the evening).

The 30-hour series is designed for people interested in providing support for individuals living with life-threatening illness. The course explores issue related to death and dying, supporting people who are grieving and care for the caregiver. This course will introduce you to the concepts of hospice care and prepare you for supporting individuals following the guidelines of Hospice’s philosophy of care.

Please call to register for one of the sessions or for more information at 705-742-4042 or

Cody Crowley Teams Up with Pizza Hut to Give Back

Yesterday pro boxer Cody Crowley was in town at Pizza Hut helping to support Hospice Peterborough in memory of Anita Blackbourn. Crowley was happy to meet his fans, sign autographs and help support the community he calls his home. Ten percent of sales from yesterday’s event at Pizza Hut on Lansdowne Street, and from sales at the George Street location, will be donated to Hospice Peterborough’s Every Moment Matters Campaign.

Thank you to Pizza Hut for organizing this event and supporting Hospice Peterborough in honour of Anita and to everyone who came out to show their support.

For news coverage of the event, click on the links below:

Pizza Hut Teams Up with boxer Cody Crowley for Hospice Peterborough Fundraiser – My Kawartha

Meet and greet with pro boxer Cody Crowley benefits Hospice Peterborough – CHEX TV

Boxer Cody Crowley serves up benefit at Pizza Hut for Hospice Peterborough Care Centre – The Peterborough Examiner 

The GIFT of the Tim Hortons SMILE COOKIE

The smiles keep coming for Hospice Peterborough as yesterday the local Tim Horton Owners revealed that their annual Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign raised an amazing $40,121!

Over the past 4 years Tim Hortons Owners and Guests have donated over $100,000 from Smile Cookie sales to support Hospice Peterborough programs and the Every Moment Matters campaign.

“Thank you to everyone who purchased Smile Cookies, you truly showed the power of a community coming together to support a great cause. You were not only enjoying a cookie, you are helping Hospice realize our dream of offering palliative beds and creating an oasis of care for families.” said Betty Morris, Every Moment Matters Campaign Chair.