Medical & Nursing
Led by our Medical Director, our physicians provide treatment and attention for patients and their families across multiple care settings. Working in conjunction with the patient’s family physician, home care nurse, and other specialty physicians, our team provides expert symptom management and palliative care.
The Nursing Department includes Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who – assisted by unit clerks, aides, and volunteers – deliver high quality hospice palliative care to patients and their families in Victoria Hospice’s 17-bed In-Patient Unit. RNs also provide care for patients and families in their homes as part of the Palliative Response Team (PRT).
Our medical team also plays an active role in the education of medical students, residents, hospice staff and volunteers, home care nurses, and other Vancouver Island Health Authority employees.
With Counsellors, Therapists, and Spiritual Care Specialists, the Psychosocial Services department supports patients, families, and the community. During the progressive stages of life-limiting illness, they offer professional counselling for patients and their families, help with practical concerns like funeral planning and wills, and spiritual care for all faiths, cultures, and beliefs. The department also offers grief counselling, plus a variety of support groups and services for adults and children.
Volunteers play an essential role in supporting Victoria Hospice programs and services, ensuring patients and families receive quality end-of-life care. Over 300 volunteers work with patients and families alongside our staff. Volunteers can be found on the inpatient unit, in our community program, and with our bereavement program. Volunteers are also active in non-clinical program areas such as fundraising events, the Rooftop Garden, and office administration.
Education and Research
The Education and Research Department works with other departments, academics, and the community to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative solutions to enhance the quality of life for those facing advancing illness, death, and bereavement. They offer publications, courses, and clinical tools for professionals along with providing training to hundreds of staff and volunteers, both clinical and non-clinical.
Victoria Hospice’s Fund Development Staff work to meet current needs and create a stable financial future for Hospice. Each year, 50 percent of Victoria Hospice Society’s operating funds are raised from a variety of sources, including private donations and fundraising events. Annual funding priorities are determined by the Victoria Hospice Society.
Communications & Marketing
This team works with all departments at Victoria Hospice, chiefly: Clinical, Education and Research, Fund Development, Volunteer Services, and the Leadership Team. The department oversees internal and external communications including the website, media and public relations. They also provide support on fundraising initiatives, events, corporate and community donor relations.
The Corporate Services department provides a range of financial services for both the Society and the Foundation, including audits, general accounting, payables, budgets & planning support, and more. The department also monitors, maintains, and enhances non-clinical infrastructure.
Copies of our audited financial statements as prepared from year to year are also available from the Corporate Services department.