In addition to the cycling successes B.I.G. has also raised over $350,000 to support Palliative Care Education for the many who provide palliative care in our community and beyond.
The Bluewater International Granfondo is the proud sponsor of the “Bluewater Palliative Care Retreat” attended by physicians, nurses, pharmacists, spiritual care providers and volunteers who hear presentations from world renowned palliative care leaders on topics ranging from the most recent advances in palliative care to the importance of self-care for health care workers. In 2022, the Bluewater Palliative Care Retreat returned to being an in-person event that was also live streamed to hundreds of participants. The recording of this event is also available to be watched by all those who registered.
St. Joseph’s Hospice has been serving the community since 2005 as a Resource Centre for terminally ill people as they face their illnesses and support programs for people who are caring for or grieving the loss of a loved one. In response to community need, we expanded our services to include the Residential Hospice at our new location on Christina Street North in late 2009 St. Joseph’s Hospice opened its doors in December 2009. This ten suite home-like residence provides, free of charge, 24-hour specialized palliative care to people living with a terminal illness, as well as those in their life circle. The hospice is a non-profit organization serving Sarnia Lambton area. Along with the highly skilled professional staff, we have over 375 volunteers who give of their time and talents each week to help the residents and their families deal with life’s greatest challenges.
Palliative Care at Bluewater Health is supported by five dedicated palliative physicians who care for patients in hospital, community and in clinics. In addition to the 35 staff who work on the unit, Bluewater Health has a palliative care nurse navigator provides consultation, education and support to patient and staff at Bluewater Health, Sarnia and CEE Petrolia. With strong partnerships between hospital and community, and local and regional cancer centres, palliative care in Sarnia-Lambton focuses on patient and family-centred care that is expert, compassionate, holistic and individualized. The history of palliative care in hospital cannot be shared without noting the legacy of the late Dr. Linda Bowring, who began in providing palliative care services to patients in the Sarnia-Lambton community.