Positive Results for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation!


PHOTO COURTESEY VAUDREUIL-SOULANGES PALLIATIVE CARE RESIDENCE FOUNDATION

Pierre Cyr will continue as Chairman of the Board. He will be supported by Paul M. Normand as Vice-Chair, Marco Jetté as Treasurer, Paul Moreau as Secretary and ten administrators on the Board of Directors from various professional backgrounds.

During its recent annual general assembly, The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation presented positive results to its members. The presentation of its financial audit revealed a surplus, a sign of sound financial management, which will enable the Foundation to maintain a contingency fund and support special projects along the year.

"We are proud of our results this year. They demonstrate that the Residence’s team does excellent work and that the community recognizes this and continues to support its mission," explains Jacinthe Demers, Executive Director of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence.

"The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence is a jewel in our community. Together we will continue to support it to bring comfort to patients and inspire our staff, volunteers and donors," said Pierre Cyr who will continue as Chairman of the Board. He will be supported by Paul M. Normand as Vice-Chair, Marco Jetté as Treasurer, Paul Moreau as Secretary and ten administrators on the Board of Directors from various professional backgrounds.

Over 317 people contribute to the wellbeing of patients and their families at the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence. They are the ones that make a difference and help us operate 12 rooms. Besides the 14 member Board of Directors, the team is composed of seven doctors, 46 employees including palliative care and support staff and no less than 250 active volunteers in various sectors. Each contributes in their own way for us to provide the best end-of-life care to patients and their loved ones.

As of March 31, 2017, 1069 patients passed through the Residence doors since its opening in September 2010 to benefit from the services provided. The vast majority of patients in 2016-2017 (92%) came from the territory covered by the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie ouest. The Residence also welcomed patients from Montreal and Eastern Ontario. There was also a slight increase in patients admitted with a terminal illness other than cancer; 18% in the last year compared to 11% in the first few years of operation. "This is explained by the open mind of the medical team to receive patients with a less predictable prognosis but who have the same need for quality palliative care," explains Dr. Sylvie Dufresne, Medical Director of the Residence.

Officially named Executive Director in April of this year, Jacinthe Demers summarized 2016-2017 as follows: "It was a year filled with challenges and changes. The names in the management team may have changed but the care and services offered were always given by experienced professionals who were attentive to patientneeds and were extremely mindful of offering high standards of care and soundly managing the Residence as a whole."

The Foundation used this occasion to announce it was starting a strategic planning exercise where all staff, volunteers, doctors and various partners would be involved to help shape the future of the Residence with respect to its mission. It is thus already approaching 2017-2018 with much enthusiasm and determination.

PHOTO COURTESEY VAUDREUIL-SOULANGES PALLIATIVE CARE RESIDENCE FOUNDATION

Jacinthe Demers proudly presents the positive results of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence!