A message from Brother Richard:
Emmanuel House gets modernized
I am extremely proud and happy to announce that Good Shepherd’s Emmanuel House Hospice, which has been undergoing extensive renovations since last October, has re-opened its doors.
We knew that Emmanuel House was due to be updated, but a change in the province’s fire regulations prompted us to accelerate our plans.
In an excellent display of community partnerships working for the betterment of citizens of our city, St. Joseph’s Healthcare arranged to set up temporary hospice care at the hospital’s West 5th Campus. We were with them for eight months.
The renovations at Emmanuel House were wide-ranging and complicated. The exceptionally skilled craftspeople who were retained for the project spent months modernizing the building. Their work was meticulous; they wanted to ensure that the finished product reflected the peaceful environment that we required. I believe it’s what we have achieved. State-of-the-art equipment, modern furniture and cheerful décor have restored our hospice to one in which residents can be comfortable as they face their life-limiting illness in the company of friends and family.
This work could not have been completed without the kindness of the community.
Individual donors and foundations pitched in to help us fund the essential equipment needed to furnish the hospice rooms. As well, wonderful volunteers who are part of Emmanuel House residents’ final journey have been patient and understanding as we awaited our return to Stinson Street.
With the re-opening of Emmanuel House, we welcome Maria Bau-Coote, who has accepted the position of Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at Good Shepherd. Maria has a deep commitment to hospice and palliative care and will continue enhancing our reputation for exceptional care and support.
We have had the privilege to get to know many wonderful people while we cared for them during their final days. In a way, they haven’t left us and never will. Our memories of their stay at Emmanuel House have become part of the continuing legacy of the hospice. We celebrate their lives and will honour them forever.
We will be celebrating the grand re-opening of our hospice in late October. We’ll let you know when plans are finalized. We hope to see you there.
God bless you
Brother Richard MacPhee, OH