The Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce is looking for a new Executive Director.
Last summer, Scott Lovell resigned from the post, after having seen through the completion of construction at Chapman House in Owen Sound.
Since then, Alex Hector has been acting as Interim Executive Director on a part-time basis.
Hector, who came out of retirement to fill the position, had a long career in business.
He says despite difficulties in getting expansion funding for other hospice locations, the Residential Hospice will be looking for someone capable of heading up an expansion effort if the funding does arrive.
The demand for more hospice beds is very real, says Hector, "You see that right across Ontario with a number of new hospices springing up in different locations,' noting, "We're always thinking with the future in mind and hopeful that we'll be able to get the funding to expand the reach of our services across the region."
Chapman House has an average waiting list of about 50 people.
Hector notes, even if expansion into other areas doesn't happen for a few years, they need to plan for it in the future.
The hospice has formed a recruitment committee and hopes to close off the application process for the job of Executive Director by the end of the month and arrange interviews for the last part of April into May.
Meanwhile, he says discussions about funding are ongoing with the Southwest Local Health Integrated Network and with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. "We're hopeful," says Hector.
The Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce is currently trying to get the support and funding to open a temporary hospice at the hospital in Hanover, and eventually get funding for a permanent 6 bed hospice in Southern Bruce county.
The organization's largest fundraiser, the Hike For Hospice event is coming up on May 6th. There will be eight locations throughout the region including in Owen Sound.