MPP Thompson announces annual base funding for Jessica's House

Published on October 08, 2020
[EXETER] — Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson has announced that the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has approved...


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NEWS                                                               October 2, 2020

 
EXETER – Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson has announced that the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has approved Jessica’s House for annual base funding to cover end of life nursing and personal support services.

“Since the beginning, volunteers and supporters of Jessica’s House have worked so hard to make this legacy for an amazing young lady a reality. The support of the local businesses, organizations and residents has been truly heart warming.” Thompson added, “In light of the community’s support and vision, it goes without saying that I was more than pleased when I learned the funding had been approved,” Thompson said. 

In its first two years, Jessica’s House has provided a much needed service to the local area and beyond. It also compliments additional hospices in the region.

The funding announcement was welcomed news for Pat O’Rourke, Chair, Jessica’s House Governance Board and South Huron Hospital Foundation: “We are extremely pleased that our provincial government has decided to extend funding to Jessica’s House, our residential hospice in Exeter. Lisa Thompson, our Member of Provincial Parliament, has been a champion of Jessica’s House from the beginning and without her continued support this would not have taken place. The community is forever grateful to her and the provincial government in recognizing the quality end of life care that is available at Jessica’s House.”

First opened in June, 2018, Jessica’s House is a three-bed residential hospice providing around the clock nursing care with one-on-one bereavement support in partnership with VON along with community support and outreach services. 

Thompson concludes that the provincial government “is committed to funding compassionate end of life care and I thank Jessica’s House for doing just that.”


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Media contact: Nicko Vavassis,
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