Ambulance receives makeover to transport hospice patients

New vehicle to transport Hospice patients, August 15, 2022.

The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County has a new initiative to help grant patient requests for special outings.

A former Essex Windsor EMS ambulance has been revamped to ensure patients can be safely transported on these trips.

“Whether they want to go to the beach, whether they want to see Christmas lights, whether they want to go see a family at a wedding, we’ll be able to put them in here and get them to their spot safely,” said Nancy Brockenshire, executive director of Hospice of Windsor and Essex County.

Around 40 members of the Essex Windsor EMS have agreed to volunteer their time to transport the patients as part of the new program.

The new initiative will be supported by the annual Face to Face campaign.

The campaign has been part of the fundraising efforts of Hospice for 20 years. It encourages residents in Windsor-Essex to ask 10 friends to donate $10 to the organization.

The funds raised go towards transportation costs to bring patients to medical appointments and now for these special trips.

The campaign runs from now until September 30, 2022. The committee hopes to raise around $100,000 this year.