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Home comforts add to ambiance

Relatives raise funds for hospital room renovations
Home comforts add to ambiance

Remodeling of a hospital room on the fourth floor of Powell River General Hospital in order to create the Joseph Agius Hospice Suite is now complete, thanks to the fundraising efforts of a local business.

Since October of 2008, The Knack has hosted several Martinis for a Good Cause events, which have raised a total of $39,372. Event proceeds have been distributed to Powell River and District United Way, Cat Scan fund, Oncology Unit and the Joseph Agius Hospice Suite.

The suite is named after The Knack owners Mar Grantham’s father and Janette Agius’s father-in-law who passed away in 2008. The goal throughout the renovation was to create a warm, comfortable area for both patients and visitors. It is decorated to feel less clinical than a standard hospital room, but still remains accessible for staff to provide high quality patient care.

The renovated room features wood wainscotting, warm colours, new blinds, a big-screen TV with built-in DVD player, a leather couch which converts to a double bed for overnight visitors and new, comfortable bedding. Furniture for storage has been both custom built and purchased. The room also features artwork, an area to hang family pictures and a mini fridge to create a home-like ambiance.

The bathroom has been gutted and fully renovated, creating a more aesthetically pleasing place for patients and overnight guests. The renovation included a new shower stall and tile work, new mirrors, sinks and countertops.

The suite is designated first and foremost for use by hospice patients and was built in support of the Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society

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