Alberta to get first children's hospice
The province'sfirst hospice for terminally ill children will be built right next door to the new Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary.
The$7 millionfacility — a two-storey house with 11 beds —will be called the Rotary-Flames House because of financial donations by the Rotary Club and the Calgary Flames hockey club.
Brenda Fischer, a vice-president of the Calgary Health Region, was one of the people behind the new hospice, which is set to open in September 2008. The resemblance to a family home is deliberate, she said.
"We want this to be an alternative to home, not an alternative to hospital. So if they need hospital care, they'll be admitted [to the hospital] and we do have some palliative suites here for some children who need that extraordinary support during their end-of-life journey, but this is an alternative to home. This gives them another place to get care."
The Rotary-Flames House will be one of only six children's hospices in North America, Fischer said.
The project is expected to be completed by June of next year.