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Palliative Care Centre

Creating a caring environment for patients and families

Thanks to donors, our neighbours who are facing the end of life will soon be cared for in a private, calming space at St. Joseph’s designed to provide comfort and solace. St. Joe’s is opening the Lake House Palliative Care Centre in 2023.  Our new Lake House Palliative Care Centre, with its cozy, cottage-inspired finishes overlooking Lake Ontario, will be the finest palliative care unit in the country.

The new Centre will provide compassionate care for both patients staying at the hospital and those who wish to stay at home. The inpatient space offers beautiful views of Lake Ontario and will have comfortable furnishings to make people feel more like they are at home rather than a hospital. There will be ten large private rooms, a library, kitchen, activities room, and spaces for loved ones to visit. 

Patients that don’t require hospitalization but need their symptoms managed regularly can come to the outpatient clinic for pain and symptom management, and avoid the stressful environment of the Emergency Department. Thank you to Hans Koehle for his $11.6 million gift that will help fund the Lake House Palliative Care Centre and several other priorities at St. Joe’s. 

A special thank you also goes to The Archdiocese of Toronto, Moray and Joanne Tawse, and many other donors for their generous support.

We still have more to do, like funding important training for our staff on advanced care planning and how to have difficult conversations with patients and families about their choices at end-of-life.

We need your support now and in the future for the largest transformation ever.


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