VAUGHAN, JUNE 24, 2021 – Hospice Vaughan – Mario & Nick Cortellucci Hospice Palliative Care Centre of Excellence is now open at 9383 Islington Avenue.  This new state of the art health care facility and hub for palliative care is the first of its kind in the City of Vaughan. Today is a milestone for the staff, volunteers, donors, elected officials and community partners of Hospice Vaughan.

The 10-bed hospice residence provides holistic care to individuals nearing the end of their lives in a comfortable and home-like setting, where they can be close to loved ones. “In this environment, family and friends can have peace of mind knowing that their loved ones will be given access to appropriate end-of-life care,” says Belinda Marchese, Executive Director, Hospice Vaughan. “Hospice Vaughan’s new palliative care hub will serve over 500 individuals in the community and 200 in our residence while impacting the lives of more than 3,500 community members annually. The care focuses on relieving suffering and providing services like mental health, psychosocial, spiritual, grief and bereavement supports. We are forever grateful to the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority for this beautiful, tranquil land that our dream has become a reality on.”

“The new home is a true testament to the power of a community to realize the vision of a 10-bed end of life residence and Centre of Excellence dedicated to the advancement of palliative care best practices through research and education,” states Renata Rizzardi, Board Chair, Hospice Vaughan. “This new facility enables Hospice Vaughan to provide accessible and compassionate care to those at end of life, and support to family, caregivers and friends.”

As Mayor Bevilacqua so eloquently spoke, “The opening of Hospice Vaughan –The Mario & Nick Cortellucci Hospice Palliative Care Centre of Excellence is a testament to the dedication, compassion and spirit of generosity advanced health services. It will also serve as a place of strength and support for family members who want the very best for their loved ones. Everyone deserves to rest with dignity and compassion during the last stage of life. Accessible, front-line care for all citizens is among our top priorities in Vaughan, and we will continue to work in support of this mission every day.”

Hospice Vaughan is also proud to announce the launch of our new website at where you may learn more about our programs, services and how to get involved with our organization.


About Hospice Vaughan 
Since 1995, Hospice Vaughan, a not-for-profit organization, has been providing compassionate support to individuals facing a life-limiting illness, their families and caregivers or those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Our new hub for palliative care will enable the expansion of existing programs and services that include in-home supports, day programs, grief and bereavement support, counselling and wellness services as well as children’s support.  Hospice Vaughan – Mario & Nick Cortellucci Hospice Palliative Care Centre of Excellence houses a 10-Bed Palliative Care Hospice and the Hospice Vaughan Institute of Hospice Palliative Care. All our programs and services are offered free of charge.

For further information please contact: 

Scott McMaster
Manager Communications & Stewardship
T: 905-850-6266 Ext. 206

Belinda Marchese
Executive Director, Hospice Vaughan
T: 905-850-6266 Ext. 205