(Danbury, Conn.) – Just in time for summer, a large group of employees from the Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BI) Clinical Operations department volunteered their time to work in the Memorial Gardens at Regional Hospice and Palliative Care’s in-patient hospice Center.
As part of their annual team building initiative, 23 employees dressed down to spruce up the large perennial borders and beds. After a lunch prepared by Regional Hospice’s team of talented chefs and a tour of the Center, the volunteers split into groups and spent two hours completing a variety of maintenance tasks. This included weeding, planting and edging the garden, as well as cleaning the wood benches that provide respite for garden visitors and honor former patients.
The event underscored Boehringer Ingelheim’s continued support of Regional Hospice and Palliative Care’s mission and the strong commitment they have to their employees and giving back to the communities they serve. Earlier this year at the annual gala, Wolfgang Baiker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boehringer Ingelheim USA, presented RHPC with a $25,000 financial contribution from the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation to support the nonprofit’s patient services. Another group of BI volunteers is scheduled to work in the gardens in July.
“We are grateful to our friends at BI, whose ongoing support to the work we do at Regional Hospice allows us to bring exceptional end-of-life care to our friends and neighbors,” said Regional Hospice President & CEO Cynthia Emiry Roy. “Their work to beautify our gardens will be appreciated by our patients and the thousands of visitors who walk through our doors each month.”
“We chose to volunteer our time to build comradery within our group while making a difference in our local community,” said Anthony Prokopowicz, Director, Business Operations, Clinical Operations at BI. “Boehringer Ingelheim is a patient-centric organization that’s dedicated to improve the lives of people and animals. We have a culture of caring, and felt that volunteering at Regional Hospice would be a great way to make a personal contribution and to give back to a worthwhile cause that is very important to all of us.”
At the end of the garden clean up, the flagstone paths were swept, the tools were put away, and all the participants stood back and admired their beautiful accomplishment. Within the hour, visitors were already strolling through the garden and enjoying the efforts of these dedicated volunteers.
Regional Hospice and Palliative Care (RHPC) has served Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford & Litchfield counties with nonprofit home hospice care for over 30 years. In 2015, RHPC opened the state-of-the-art Center for Comfort Care & Healing. This family-centered hospice residence is CT’s first and only private-suite facility, servicing patients and their families from throughout the country, especially in New York State and Connecticut. RHPC’s mission is to provide exceptional end-of-life care, comfort and compassion to infants, children, adults and their families with a dedicated staff of professionals.