Construction set to begin for Hospice Kingston residence at Providence Village

Rendering of the new Hospice Kingston residence at Providence Village. Image via Providence Care.

Providence Care will soon add a hospice location to its suite of health care facilities, with a new residence to be built at Providence Village, located at 1200 Princess Street.

According to a press release from Providence Care, construction is set to begin on Kingston’s first hospice residence, which will provide 24-hour care and support services in a “comfortable, home-like setting” to residents, their families, and loved ones.

“I am excited to announce a significant milestone in our journey – after more than a decade of planning that started with Hospice Kingston and recently transitioned to the redevelopment team at Providence Care – we are ready to begin building Kingston’s first hospice residence,” said Krista Wells Pearce, Vice-President of Corporate Services and Executive Director for Hospice Kingston.

In April 2022, Hospice Kingston voluntarily integrated with Providence Care to create “a seamless experience for the people we serve and to enhance positive growth in the delivery of community palliative care and hospice services,” Providence Care stated.

The construction contract has been awarded to Kingston-based Emmons & Mitchell Construction Limited. According to the health care agency, construction is set to begin “as soon as building permits are issued,” and they are hopeful that the residence will be open in mid-2024.

Rendering of the new Hospice Kingston residence at Providence Village. Image via Providence Care.

According to the release, this new care setting will complement the “continuum of high-quality, compassionate palliative care” provided at Providence Care – community hospice visiting and support programs, subacute palliative care at Providence Care Hospital, specialist palliative care consultation throughout the organization, and now a hospice residence to provide end-of-life care. Offering these specialized services allows people to receive the high-quality palliative care that best meets their needs at different stages in their journey whether in their home, the hospital or the residence, Providence Care added.

The new hospice residence will provide specialized 24-hour end-of-life care in a home-like setting for people in their last days to weeks of life and whose care needs can no longer be met at home, or whose home is not their preferred place of death, according to the release. The organization said the focus of care is exclusively to provide comfort and enhance quality of life, with no life-prolonging therapies.

“Hospice Kingston’s Campaign Cabinet is excited to see construction begin,” said Peter Kingston, Campaign Chair. “We are grateful to our community for their incredible commitment to our fundraising efforts and are confident they will continue to support our campaign so we can reach our goal.”

Providence Care said that the total cost of the project is approaching $13 million. The provincial government contribution is $1.75 million, and additional fundraising of $5 million is required through University Hospitals Kingston Foundation and the dedicated Hospice Kingston Campaign Cabinet.

Those who would like to support Hospice Kingston are asked to contact University Hospital Kingston Foundation at www.uhkf.ca.

Kingston City Council to reconsider financial contribution for new Hospice Kingston residence

Meanwhile, the same day that Providence Care made the above announcement, Kingston City Council is set to vote on maintaining or reducing the City of Kingston’s financial contribution to the new residence.

In May of 2019, then-City Council approved a financial contribution of $501,666.60 to the Hospice Kingston project. According to a report published in advance of the Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, Kingston City Council meeting, this contribution was “based on an estimate for development charges and building permit costs.”

However, the Hospice Kingston residence project has since been revised. The new version of the project has “a reduced footprint, but increased costs,” according to the report to Council, which is authored by City of Kingston Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Lanie Hurdle.

“Since the resulting value of the development charges and building permit fee is now lower than initially projected, the financial support to this initiative requires City Council’s reconsideration,” the report reads.

The report recommends two options, one of which Council will vote in favour of ostensively (pending any motions to amend, etc.).

The first option would see Council maintain the initial contribution of (a rounded up) $502,000 “in order to support the fundraising campaign for the development of a 10-bed residential hospice facility in Kingston,” according to the report. This funding would be paid from the City’s Working Fund Reserve “upon issuance of the building permit.” Further, this option would see Council direct City staff to include an annual amount of $100,000 in the City’s operating budget each year for the next five years to reimburse the Working Fund Reserve (which would only occur after the issuance of the building permit).

The second option would see Council elect to reduce the City’s contribution to the project with a contribution of $301,166.53. This revised contribution would reflect “the updated development charges and building permit fees,” while maintaining the City’s “support of the fundraising campaign for the development of a 10-bed residential hospice facility in Kingston.” In this case, “development related fees” will be paid from the Working Fund Reserve upon issuance of the building permit, which Council would then direct City staff to reimburse to the Working Fund Reserve by including an annual amount of $100,000 in the City’s operatsing budget each year for the next three years (after the issuance of the building permit).

It is unclear why the report states that the “total contribution” be paid from the Working Fund Reserve in Option 1, but that the “development related fees” be paid from the Working Fund Reserve in Option 2. It is also unclear if “development related fees” would differ from the “total contribution” referenced.

According to the report, which incorrectly identifies Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) as the organization in charge of the development (as previously mentioned, the Hospice Kingston project is now under the direction of Providence Care), states that the revised project estimated cost, in total, is $12,934,000, and that construction is to begin in “early 2023 with an opening in 2024.” The report also notes that the fundraising goal for the project is still shy $5 million.

Kingstonist will provide updated coverage of Council’s decision on the matter in the coming days.

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