Hospice Peterborough Open House


Hospice Peterborough invites the community to an open house where updated architectural designs will be unveiled for the new 10-bed and community programming care centre.

The new Hospice Peterborough care centre will fill a gap in care by enhancing palliative services in our community – creating a truly rich community asset for people at the end of life and for those living with or affected by life-threatening illness and grief.

The new London Street building will provide a welcoming, accessible space for Hospice Peterborough’s home support program, day program, caregiver support, grief programs, family support, wellness programming and administrative offices. The scope of Hospice is also expanding to include 10 private bedrooms, offering another choice for end of life care in the community and the first hospice care beds to exist in the City and County of Peterborough. This will complete Hospice’s transition to become a central hub for the delivery of hospice palliative care and grief support in our community.

We look forward to seeing you on December 1st at Hospice Peterborough’s current location, 439 Rubidge Street.

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MPP Jeff Leal opens funding doors for Hospice Peterborough

Today Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal announced that Hospice Peterborough will receive $2 million from the Ministry of Health to help fund the costs of the new Hospice Peterborough Care Centre.

The Ministry of Health has made hospice palliative care a priority area in our province. In the past 3 years, there have been exceptional strides in innovative practice and funding to support new initiatives.

“Today’s $2M funding announcement means so much for our community and it marks a significant milestone in the Every Moment Matters campaign.  These funds support the additional capital costs associated with the structural deficiencies identified in the spring and our need to demolish and redesign our community program wing” says Linda, Sunderland, Executive Director.

Combined with generous Every Moment Matters donations and outstanding pledges still to be received, this Ontario Ministry of Health capital funding means we have reached our expanded fundraising goal!

With renewed energy Hospice Peterborough Volunteers and Staff will now focus on building and preparing for individuals and their families and friends who will need 24/7 end–of-life care and enhanced community programs for those living with life-threatening illness and grief. Completing the project as soon as possible is important because every delay negatively impacts Hospice clients.

Sunderland continued to say, “I want to emphasize the significant difference each and every donor, volunteer and funder has made during the Every Moment Matters campaign. YOU have all made a difference in the lives of those living with or affected by life-threatening illness and grief. YOU are helping build a legacy of compassionate care for our community. So thank YOU all”.

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Care Centre Update – October 6, 2017

At Hospice Peterborough we know how important it is to say goodbye. On September 12th, many gathered at 325 London Street to remember and celebrate the impact Langton House had on those who may have lived, worked, visited or admired the home. Those in attendance were invited to ‘tie a ribbon’ to the construction fence to recognize and give thanks to the building. These ribbons will remain on the fence throughout the construction process. Those in our community who wish to add their ribbon to the fence are welcome to do so. For more information please contact Hospice Peterborough at (705) 742-4042 or admin@hospicepeterborough.org.

Over the summer months work continued to finalize our revised contract with Mortlock Construction and the basic updated design for Heeney House. It certainly was difficult watching the demolition of Langton House as we had so many hopes and dreams connected with the building. With Langton House gone the construction site for the Hospice Peterborough Care Centre looks very different.

Moving forward with the innovative new design being created by Lett Architects is renewing our excitement and offering new opportunities to serve our clients and families. We are working on a two level design that will match seamlessly with the Hospice Residence Wing. There will be a common entrance and improved accessibility between both wings. Lett Architects is designing an open, light-filled building that will offer enhanced community programming space on both levels with walkouts to accessible garden areas and a porch. We are looking forward to revealing the new design in November – stay tuned for more details.

Our Design and Furnishings Committee will continue their work to ensure a welcoming, homelike atmosphere that is vital for the programs and services we offer.

We remain committed to building the best possible hospice for our community and are working to complete this project as soon as possible as we know delays in the project negatively impact Hospice clients and their families. The new completion date is December 2018.

On July 14th, 2017 the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH) announced new capital funding to support the building of residential hospices across the province. With the support of our Central East Local Health Integration Network, Hospice Peterborough immediately applied for funding. We have been in contact with the MOH and are waiting for a response. The results of the funding application will dictate what we need to do to complete our Every Moment Matters campaign. Our community and our Municipalities have been so generous; we truly hope the Province provides the funds needed to help complete our campaign.

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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

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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 

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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.

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