BGH Palliative Care Program Receives Telethon Funding

The Brockville General Hospital and its foundation are getting a $245,000 boost for its Palliative Care program.

The money was raised during the 2018 30-Hour Telethon for Palliative Care Services. The record-breaking total raised this year was officially handed over to the hospital Tuesday.

Hospital President Nick Vlacholias says it costs $600,000 a year to run, because of the human hours it takes to support people in their time of need.

"It's a combination of registered nurses, and physicians and social workers associated with the program," he explains.

These people support those entering their end stages of life, as well as their families. The program in Leeds-Grenville is maintained almost exclusively by local donations, between big fundraisers like the Telethon and the Palliative Care Golf Tournament each year.

The money raised will exclusively be used for the program, and Vlacholias says the support is vital.

"We have a one-of-a-kind program and the support from Leeds-Grenville is tremendous."

The next 30-Hour Telethon will take place February 23 and February 24, 2019.