On August 12, 2021, Archbishop Bernard Hebda blessed the ground where 21 private care suites would be built at the Our Lady of Peace Hospice Residence (OLP). The result of that blessing is 10 new suites that are already providing to be a sacred space for patients and families, and at least five more will be ready in mid-February.
Sheet rock is going up and carpet is being laid on the second floor that will house the remainder of the suites. The furniture has arrived and will be ready for placement after the rooms are painted. The lobby is beginning to take shape with a fireplace and sheet rock, and the awning has been installed on the exterior of the building.
You may know that in the early years of OLP, patients were cared for in open wards, but as time went on and people desired more privacy, double rooms were created to meet the demand.
And now, to better meet the needs of patients and families, we’re building the suites where patients can gather with loved ones in the final days and moments of their lives.
The renovation is the legacy of former President/CEO Joe Stanislav who retired at the end of December. Joe told the Pioneer Press that the new private suites will probably be the largest of any hospice, for sure in the state and possibly internationally. And now, our new President/CEO Jeff Thorne will lead OLP into the future as we raise the bar of excellence with the private care suites and our in-home hospice and home health care program continues to grow.
The $5.5 million addition to the Our Lady of Peace Hospice Residence is a blessing to patients, families, and our compassionate staff who will continue to provide care at no cost beyond what is covered by Medicare.
We are here to provide hospice care for you or someone you love, and it would be an honor and a privilege to do so.