West Island Palliative Care Residence launches new research institute

The West Island Palliative Care Residence is expanding, to create a new institute with plans to give more Canadians access to comprehensive and compassionate end of life care.

On Friday, the institution's co-founder and executive director Teresa Dellar launched the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care, a privately funded branch of the residence dedicated to advancing palliative care access throughout the country. At the moment, the institution says 70 per cent of Canadians don't have access to quality palliative care.

The Kirkland-based West Island Palliative Care Residence was founded 16 years ago, and since then, it has cared for more than 3,800 patients and 15,000 family members. Dellar says the new facility is an extension of its mission.

"We need to share our expertise and continue to learn," she said.

Health minister Gaetan Barrette was on hand for the launch. He says the initiative is innovative and necessary.

"It's the first time we have an organization that goes one step further, which is to share their knowledge, train people and do research," he says. "This is unheard of."

-CJAD 800's Emily Campbell contributed to this report.