September 6, 2013

St. John Hospice Opens with Ribbon Cutting

VANCOUVER:  - St. John Hospice, the first community hospice on Vancouver’s West Side, located on the University of British Columbia campus was opened September 6th, 2013, to provide 14 fully furnished ensuite bedrooms.

In partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Providence Health Care and UBC, the Vancouver Commandery of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem and the Order of St. John Palliative Care Foundation have established the building, furnishings and landscaping.

Palliative care in the Hospice will be provided by health authority doctors, nurses and other multi-disciplinary professionals.

Serving people from across Vancouver, St. John Hospice is a freestanding residence situated amongst the scenic views of the UBC campus and across the street from the UBC Botanical Garden.  To make the project possible, the university provided the Society a long-term lease of the land, while individual donors contributed $4.4 million and the Province’s B.C. Housing added a $1 million grant.

John W. Norton, Chairman, Order of St. John Palliative Care Foundation, said:"Because of our generous donors, the St. John Hospice will provide essential end-of-life-care focused on providing individual dignity, independence and compassion to people from all backgrounds, faiths, and income levels.”

In the home-like setting of the Hospice, residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a dining room, family room, and quiet room as well as selected pieces of fine art and dedicated access to the Botanical Garden.

St. John Hospice is also unique in that UBC’s Faculty of Medicine has dedicated space in the facility for researchers investigating best practices for end-of-life care, and for the training of health professionals.

Peter Hebb, Communications spokesman for St. John Hospice, said: Our hopes are that any new research conclusions would be published and distributed throughout British Columbia, and indeed around the world”.

July 18, 2012

Progress Update

The forms have been stripped showing the foundation walls and the installation of site services for sewer, water and electrical.

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July 10, 2012

Progress Update

The site preparation on the St John Hospice project is well underway and construction on the foundation forms has begun. Contractors are taking advantage of the warm dry weather and the project is on schedule.

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May 24, 2012

Groundbreaking for new hospice at UBC Vancouver

VANCOUVER – Construction will begin shortly for St. John Hospice, a new comprehensive palliative care facility in Vancouver to provide 15 bedrooms for individuals in need.

Over five years ago, the Order of St. John Palliative Care Foundation identified the need for a hospice on the west side of Vancouver and assembled the participants and funding that made this project possible.

Please read the full press release here: New Hospice Press Release

View the Global News story here: Global News - Hospice Groundbreaking


June 8, 2011

Press Release from the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller and the Order of St. John Palliative Care Foundation

The Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller and the Order of St. John Palliative Care Foundation commend the University of BC for its decision to proceed with the new St John Hospice on campus. The Foundation will build and pay for the construction once amended plans that minimize the visual impact can be drawn and tendered.

A spokesman for the Sovereign Order of St. John, Peter Hebb said: “The University campus site on Stadium Road is the best place for the Faculty of Medicine’s research and educational activities while providing a badly needed hospice for the community at large.”

The Hospice will be designed to maximize the quality of the visits of family and close friends. The primary focus will be to provide for the end-of-life physical comfort of the patient by eliminating pain and controlling symptoms.

The Sovereign Order of St. John will provide not only the building, but all the furniture, furnishings, equipment and landscaping as well. The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority will operate the palliative care facility when it opens in 2013.

A limited public fund drive will be launched early in the fall.

“Recent awareness of the proposal to build a hospice has produced hundreds of people from all parts of the University and Vancouver communities who supported the project. We feel a large number of them will want to provide donations to help build it, and after construction to volunteer their time at the hospice” Hebb said.

Contact: Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Public Communications Peter Hebb, 604-736-7881 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can build a place where people can die with dignity

Dying patients desperately need a hospice like this one.

It's important for them, for their families, and for all of us.
Please make a gift as part of the $4 million capital campaign to build St. John Hospice.

Ongoing operational funding for the facility will be provided by Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, but your support is needed to fund the construction and furnishing of the building.

Donate now and help give your community an accepting, peaceful place for people in the last days of their lives. Your generosity will have a profound impact on palliative residents and their loved ones, giving them the ability to face the end of their lives with dignity, respect, and the highest quality of care.