November 2, 2017 


The Margaret Bahen Hospice for York Region Opened for Resident Care on November 1, 2017

Kim Baker at Margaret Bahen Hospice openingThe Margaret Bahen Hospice for York Region officially opened for resident care on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. 

This new regional 10-bed hospice, located at 653 Queen Street in Newmarket at the Southlake Regional Health Centre, offers a comfortable, home-like environment for residents in the final stages of a terminal illness to be surrounded by family and friends while receiving around-the-clock health care. The onsite interdisciplinary care team are specially trained in providing compassionate and personalized hospice and palliative services to support residents and families as they go through one of life’s most difficult journeys. 

While attending the ceremonial opening for the hospice, Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) CEO Kim Baker recognized strategy and updates from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Central LHIN. The Central LHIN’s focus is to enable holistic, proactive and continuous care and support for patients with progressive, life-limiting illness by helping patients to live as they choose and to die in their preferred location of choice with quality of life, comfort, dignity and security, and to also support families through the entire spectrum of care before and after death.

This new hospice is anticipated to annually serve about 250 patients and their families from York Region and surrounding area. It will be operated by Better Living Health and Community Services, which has been helping clients since 1976 with a variety of health and related services. Better Living was selected through an expression of interest process by the Central LHIN.   

Construction costs for this hospice were made possible through Southlake Foundation’s love lives here campaign and generous community donors including Mrs. Margaret Bahen and family. Funds to operate the hospice will be provided by the Government of Ontario through the Central LHIN. 

The hospice is named after Mrs. Bahen who passed away in 2016. The Bahen Family are long-time philanthropic supporters of Southlake Hospital and many other health organizations and causes. 

In addition to supporting the Margaret Bahen Hospice for York Region, the Central LHIN funds a variety of providers and services for palliative and end of life care – including palliative care education, three other hospices (and a fourth in development), a palliative care help line, patient registry, and other services to strengthen palliative care and support patients and their families with end-of-life care. 

For more information on palliative care strategy and services in the Central LHIN, please visit the Central LHIN website or contact Central LHIN Senior Assistant Jasmine Hylton at