MACLEOD GROUP HEALTH SERVICES AND AHS PROPOSE CO-LOCATING NEW LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY WITH FUNDY HOSPICE IN CORNWALLIS PARK

10 May 2023

May 10, 2023 – The Atalanta Hospice Society (AHS), the not-for-profit proposing the construction of the new Fundy Hospice to serve Digby and Annapolis counties, and MacLeod Group Health Services are discussing the possibility of co-locating a proposed new long-term care facility with the new residential-style hospice planned for Cornwallis Park.

MacLeod Group has recently made a submission to the province’s Department of Health and Wellness and Department of Seniors and Long-term Care and is awaiting formal feedback on the joint initiative.

As part of the working relationship being discussed, MacLeod Group would develop a long-term care facility that will integrate with the state-of-the-art Fundy Hospice through the sharing of operational resources and staffing. Fundy Hospice would start as the currently proposed five-bed facility, with the ability to expand by another five beds as future demand warrants.

Hospice services would be free to the almost 40,000 people who live in Annapolis and Digby counties.

The Annapolis Basin Conference Centre has donated land in Cornwallis Park for use by AHS to construct the hospice. Cornwallis Park is a central location that will keep the commute by most patient families to within 30 minutes from most communities in the two counties. Fundy Hospice will be the only residential-style hospice located in Southwest Nova Scotia.

Both AHS and MacLeod Group hope to have construction of their respective new facilities underway in 2024, subject to AHS and MacLeod Group reaching formal service and funding agreements and the necessary provincial approvals for this joint venture. The partnership would greatly accelerate the operational date for the hospice from the proposed date of 2030.

MacLeod Group, founded in 1981, cares for over 750 seniors with 1,200 employees in 14 communities across New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia, including the Annapolis Royal Nursing Home.

“We believe that co-location of the Fundy Hospice with a new long-term care facility will offer unparalleled opportunities for continuity of care, service provision and community outreach, “said Ramsay Duff, CEO of the MacLeod Group. “This proposal will provide a modern compassionate way to establish a Center of Excellence for Long Term Care, Community Hospice and Palliative Care for Southwest Nova Scotia.”

“We believe this innovative concept has the opportunity to provide insights and inspiration for new approaches to how we care for seniors as they near the end of life,” said David Cvet, President of AHS. “This is our opportunity, in collaboration with the MacLeod Group, to design the shape of our future years.”

Cvet noted the momentum that the Fundy Hospice has developed in the last several months. The Digby and Area Health Service Charitable Foundation recently made a commitment of $25,000 to the capital construction of the Fundy Hospice once the construction of the facility has commenced. A similar commitment of $15,000 was made by the Rotary Club of Middleton. The sold-out Fundy Hospice Gala raised more than $34,000 this past weekend, and featured donations from a variety of businesses, restaurants and residents from Cape Breton to Halifax to Wolfville to Meteghan.

“This is an initiative to benefit all the communities in Digby and Annapolis counties, and we are so grateful for the community support that we have received so far,” said Cvet. “That continuing community support will be critical to our ability to successfully build and operate Fundy Hospice.”

To keep up-to-date with hospice developments, visit https://www.fundyhospice.ca/ or follow the Fundy Hospice project on Facebook at (https://www.facebook.com/atalantahospicesociety).

The Atalanta Hospice Society is a registered not-for-profit organization in Nova Scotia.

Information on MacLeod Group can be found at https://macleodgroup.ca/.

 

AHS Contact:

Gary Davis

garybdavispr@gmail.com

203-313-4402

 

MacLeod Group Contact:

Ramsay Duff

ramsay.duff@macleodgroup.ca

902-863-6800, ext 24