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Drive for hospice in North Bay continues

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The group Nipissing Serenity Hospice is confident it will soon be able to build a hospice in North Bay.  Spokeswoman Mathilde Bazinet says the 10-bed facility would provide end of life care for people in a respectful way.

Bazinet says a hospice is less expensive to operate than a hospital and this frees up more health-care dollars.  The daily cost for a room in a hospice is $400 daily and it’s $1,200 a day in a hospital.

Bazinet says in five years the difference adds up to $7.5 million and those savings can be applied to other community healthcare services.  Bazinet says the organization has narrowed its search for a hospice to about three locations.

The Ministry of Health doesn’t provide money to build a hospice but will provide $920,000 in annual operating funds.  Local fundraising and applications to FedNor and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation will be used to build the $5.5 million facility.

In two-and-a-half years of fundraising, Nipissing Serenity has brought in $60,000.  North Bay has been identified as one of 20 communities that should host a hospice.

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