COMOX, B.C- Hospice care in the Comox Valley will be staying at it’s current location for the next two years, according to Island Health.

The service announced the decision on Wednesday morning, which was made by a steering committee made up of local stakeholders. The four hospice beds currently at Hospice at the Views will be staying in place, instead of going to an interim location.

“Island Health supports the steering committee’s recommendation that will ensure the established hospice program remains intact in the short-term and transition smoothly to a new specially designed facility in the future,” said Norm Peters, Island Health’s Executive Director, Surgery, Residential Care and End of Life, in a release from the health authourity.

“We would like to thank members of the steering committee for all of the work and time they committed to this process.”

Island Health previously issued a request for proposals for 151 complex care beds by 2020. At the time of that announcement in March, the authourity also said the four hospice beds and two others would be relocated in order for clients to access the full range of end of life care, including medical assistance in dying.

“Options considered were temporarily relocating the community hospice beds to an existing residential care facility located in the Comox Valley, temporarily relocating the hospice beds to the North Island Hospital Comox Valley campus and continuing operation of the hospice beds at The Views until a permanent new location is determined,” read the news release.

The Comox Valley Hospice Society was said to be appreciative of the opportunity for community involvement provided by Island Health, according to the release.

“Following careful consideration of all the potential options, keeping the hospice beds at The Views until the new and permanent location is completed is the best option for supporting people who are dying, grieving and caregiving in the community,” said Paula Horky, Comox Valley Hospice Society President, in the bulletin.

“The CVHS will continue to work with staff at Hospice at The Views and Island Health to ensure each person receives the compassionate hospice palliative care that matters most to them.”

A “patient-centered”, compassionate transfer process has been put together between Island Health’s End of Life program, the Comox Valley Hospice Society, and St. Joseph’s for patients requesting medical assistance in dying.