Baxter International Foundation

Baxter International Foundation grant to support Ontario home hospice program

Alliston, ON July 7, 2017— Baxter Canada is pleased to announce that funds from the Baxter International Foundation will help support Sanctuary at Home, a program of Matthews House Hospice in Alliston. The $80,000 USD ($103,500 CDN) grant will bring the compassionate palliative care offered now in the House, into the homes of patients.

“We are taking the hospice care we provide in our residence and providing compassionate care to patients and families at home, at the most challenging time in their lives. This new program is a critical part of the Hospice’s plan to ensure access to high quality hospice palliative care at home in South Simcoe. We thank Baxter for making our vision possible," says Kim Woodland, CEO of Matthews House Hospice.”

Sanctuary at Home will address the community based palliative and end of life care needs of clients and their families, including:

                                             Nursing care provided at home for pain and symptom management

                  Medical consultation provided at home

·                 Nursing care for respite provided at home

·                 Trained volunteer for respite provided at home

·                 Interdisciplinary care plan with community team implemented for allclients and families referred

“Baxter has been part of the Alliston community for 60 years and Baxter employees and their families have long been grateful for the compassion and respite Matthews House offers to those in need,” said Stephen Thompson, General Manager Baxter Canada. “Through the Baxter International Foundation we are proud to support the Hospice’s Sanctuary at Home program, giving patients and families the opportunity to choose hospice care at home.”

About Matthews House Hospice

Individuals and families from South Simcoe and surrounding area can receive visiting hospice, wellness programs, care giver support or individual counselling. Individuals and families can choose to come to Matthews House Residence surrounded by family and friends for their end of life journey or now receive care in their homes. Our aim is to help individuals live life to the fullest- while coping with a palliative care diagnoses or chronic disease. 

About the Baxter International Foundation

Baxter and the Baxter International Foundation are committed to saving and sustaining lives and creating healthier communities. Every day, Baxter employees strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people who depend on Baxter products, and in the communities where employees live and work. The company focuses on three core areas including improving access to healthcare; fostering tomorrow’s innovation and serving its communities. Baxter works closely with public and private partners around the world to ensure people have access to the healthcare they need, to develop the next generation of innovators who will lead the way in advancing care, and to create long-lasting impact in Baxter’s communities. The Baxter International Foundation supports initiatives and organizations that make a positive, lasting impact on increasing access to healthcare for the disadvantaged and underserved.

From L to R: Marv Chantler (VP MHH), Margo Cooney (President MHH), Andrea Roylance (Gifts and Gratitude, MHH) , Kim Woodland (CEO MHH), Jeff Higginson (Plant Manager Alliston Baxter), Simone Hartman (Outreach Nurse MHH),Kara Northgrave (Manager, Hospice Care Services MHH),Stephen Thompson (General Manager Baxter Canada) , Ken Cowen (Chief Station Engineering and Maintenance Manager Baxter), Lisa Ward (Senior Manager, Human Resources Baxter), Heather Forster (Administration Baxter)