North Simcoe Muskoka Enhancing Access to Palliative and End-of-Life Care

November 28, 2016

Sign reading Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice“We really want to thank everyone at Algonquin Grace for their efforts in taking care of not only our mother, but our whole family as well.  It was very important to us for Mom to be safe and comfortable at the end of her life.  You all made it possible for her to rest in peace and for that we are truly grateful.”

This is the positive impact palliative and end-of-life care can have on those receiving care, their loved ones and friends.

On October 24, 2016, the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors approved the allocation of 10 new residential hospice beds in North Simcoe Muskoka. As a way of making access to care equitable throughout our region, the LHIN Board directed that five new beds be placed in the Midland / Penetanguishene sub-region and the other five in the Orillia sub-region. Locating these new beds within these sub-regions means that by 2018-2019, all five sub-regions within North Simcoe Muskoka will have access to residential hospice services.

These 10 new beds will bring North Simcoe Muskoka’s residential hospice bed complement to 31 – including 6 at Campbell House in Collingwood, 5 at Algonquin Grace in Huntsville, and 10 at Hospice Simcoe in Barrie.

“This announcement is one that the NSM LHIN has been working towards for many months now”, said Jill Tettmann, CEO of the NSM LHIN.  “We recognize the important role that residential hospices play in the provision of quality end-of-life care, and have seen how our three residential hospices, currently in operation, have greatly benefited the communities they serve.  We look forward to working with our two identified sub-regions to make this happen.”

The addition of 10 new residential hospice beds in North Simcoe Muskoka will ensure patients throughout the region have greater options to choose from when deciding where they would like to receive their end-of-life care.  Residential hospices provide compassionate, quality palliative care to individuals in their care, their loved ones and friends, supported by a team of physicians, nurses, personal caregivers and volunteers.

"Supporting our patients and their families at end-of-life in a way that provides them with comfort, dignity and grace is what hospice is all about. Adding capacity for this service in North Simcoe Muskoka ensures that our patients have more options in how they want their care to be delivered. This investment is excellent news for our region."  - Nancy Savage, Executive Vice President, Patient and Family Experience, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and Regional Vice President, Cancer Care Ontario, North Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program


“Since opening our doors in January 2012, we have served over 436 residents and their families. Our board, staff and volunteers are dedicated to ensuring we deliver high quality, high value, patient-centred end-of-life care. The testimonials we receive from our residents and family members are affirmation that we are following the vision of our organization.”

  • Bev Lashbrook, Executive Director, Hospice Huntsville (Algonquin Grace)

“Since opening in August 2014, Campbell House staff and volunteers have supported 350 patients and their families, offering round-the-clock care and support in a welcoming and home-like environment. The Georgian Triangle community believes so strongly in their hospice that they continue to give generously of their time and money.”

  • Kelly Borg, Executive Director, Hospice Georgian Triangle (Campbell House)

“Residential hospices are known for the excellent care they provide people at end-of-life and their families, and are central to supporting individuals who are planning to die at home. They bring service providers together and lead to a more integrated plan of care. Since its beginning, Hospice Simcoe has provided residential hospice care to 1377 residents and their families”

  • Sandra Dunham, Executive Director, Hospice Simcoe


  • In 2011, 16% of NSM’s population were seniors. The number of seniors is expected to more than double from 75,284 in 2011 to 164,257 in 2031.

  • Although many Ontarians wish to die in their home or residential hospice, currently 50% of deaths in North Simcoe Muskoka occur in a hospital.

  • The NSM LHIN provides approximately $4.6 million each year for hospice palliative care across our region, which includes funding end-of-life nursing through the North Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre, funding for the NSM Hospice Palliative Care Network and support to three residential hospices in Barrie, Collingwood and Huntsville.


  • Jill Tettmann, CEO, North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN
  • Jill Tettmann, CEO, North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN