April 11, 2018 4:41 pm
Updated: April 11, 2018 5:13 pm

West Island Palliative Care Residence launches $12.5 million fundraising project

WATCH: The West Island Palliative Care Residence is hoping to raise $12.5 million over the next nine months to consolidate its two facilities into one state-of-the-art institute. Global's Billy Shields reports.

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The West Island Palliative Care Residence kicked off a $12.5 million campaign to raise money for its new consolidation efforts, which will expand its Kirkland location by about 40,000 square feet and house an innovative new institute.

“Our consolidation will have more consistent care, and [will] also [be] in one big building,” said Teresa Dellar, the residence’s executive director. Consolidating into one site also saves costs for the centre, which was established 16 years ago.

For some families, the West Island Palliative Care Residence helps ease the transition for the terminally ill.

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Currently, the centre runs two locations — one in Kirkland and another one in a rented area in Pointe-Claire. Eventually, the Pointe-Claire location will close as the Kirkland site expands.

The organization estimates that roughly 70 percent of all Canadians do not have access to palliative care, a situation it is actively seeking to rectify. The consolidated facility will house the future Montreal Institute for Palliative Care.

The residence is already about $7 million toward its $12.5 million goal. It plans on breaking ground on construction in June, and hopes to raise the remaining money over the next 12 months.

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