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7th Annual Regional Hospice Golf Classic

 

2017 Mulvaney Cup Presentation by George Mulvaney to tournament winners: Dave LaJoie, Fil Cerminara, Joe Biraglia and Dan Dibuono

 

Tornado Warnings postponed our original tournament date – and then there was July 24th! 

Our golfers braved an unseasonably cold day of wind, rain, and soggy greens, but golfed for the cause and raised money for our patients and families.

On behalf of the Regional Hospice Volunteer Board of Directors and the families in our care, we wanted to thank everyone who golfed, attended the lobster/clam bake dinner, sponsored our event or donated in support of our Center for Comfort Care & Healing and the hundreds of hospice and palliative care patients we care for in their homes.

We are deeply grateful for our sponsors who made this day a huge success:

  • Co-Tournament Sponsors: Clancy Relocation & Logistics and Praxair
  • Dinner Sponsor: The Network Support Company
  • Million Dollar Shoot-Out Sponsor: Deutsche Bank
  • Golf Ball Sponsor: The Law Offices of Lawrence M. Riefberg
  • Golf Cart Sponsors: Connecticut Community Bank and Union Savings Bank
  • Tent Sponsor: George Mulvaney
  • Breakfast Sponsors: F&M Electrical Supply Co. and Omaha Beef
  • Lunch Sponsor: Fairfield County Bank
  • Cooling Towel Sponsor: Phoenix Pool Products
  • Dessert Sponsor: McKenney Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
  • Golf Greens Sponsors: BASE Technologies and Conduent Human Resources
  • Putting Green Sponsor: Connecticut Pharmacy
  • Beverage Cart Sponsor: Glenn Werlau
  • Coffee Sponsor: Meadow Ridge Senior Living
  • Specialty Drink Sponsor: Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter
  • Tumbler Sponsor: Mary Schinke, Attorney at Law
  • Cocktail Hour Sponsor: The NYCONN Corporation
  • Driving Range Sponsors: The Arnhold Foundation, Crowe Horwath, LLP, Enterprise Fleet Management, and The Ridgefield Veterans
  • A special thank you to Durkin’s for providing the elegant tent on the patio for the event!

“Good Grief” Summer Camp Brings Joy to Grieving Children

Regional Hospice and Palliative Care (RHPC) hosted it’s annual “Good Grief” summer camp for children aged 6-12 who have experienced the death of a close family member.

The four-day summer camp took place from July 17th – 20th at RHPC’s Center for Comfort Care and Healing in Danbury, CT.  The 12 campers, with the support of trained facilitators, explored their feelings, practiced new confidence-building activities and connected with one another in meaningful ways.

Special activities for the children were arranged throughout the week.  This included a visit from Nadine’s Animal Friends, where the children met a skink, tortoise, lizard and even got to wear a python around their necks!  They also participated in yoga, gardened, played with a therapy dog, did arts and crafts, and took a field trip to the Pegasus Therapeutic Riding horse farm in Brewster, NY, where they learned how to care for and ride horses.

One young child, whose sister died as a teen, said “I am happy at Healing Hearts because I can tell you all about my sister and why I miss her. And she liked pink – so I put pink on my visor to help me think of her!” Another grieving youngster shared his memory of his grandfather “working with his tools” around the house, and expressed that now he wants to learn to build things and be like his grandfather.

The power of the camp was best expressed by an 11-year-old who was planting marigolds in a flower pot that he decorated with his feelings and memories.  He acknowledged that even though “he is sometimes sad and misses his grandmother,” the marigolds that he planted “will always remind him of how much she loved to garden and how much fun he had at the Healing Hearts Camp.”

A special thank you to all the generous donors and volunteers who contributed to make this camp a memorable experience for all.  To support the “Good Grief” camp or other RHPC programs, visit MakingTheBestOfEveryday.org.

Difficult Journeys Create Strong Advocates—Regional Hospice and Palliative Care Appoints Distinguished Veteran

Putnam County Sheriff and Retired Brigadier General Donald B. Smith lost the love of his life and committed to help others benefit from the compassionate care and support he and his family received from Regional Hospice and Palliative Care. 

After many months of advocating on behalf of Regional Hospice and Palliative Care, Smith became the newest member of its volunteer board of directors on May 31, 2017.

A proactive and generous man, Smith offered his time to publicly advocate on behalf of the center’s mission as a member of the agency’s stewardship committee. At the New Fairfield Giving Circle Breakfast last October, Smith opened his heart and deeply touched every one of the event’s 450 guests at the Amber Room that morning as he shared Jane’s story and his passion for the precious time she had and the care and support Jane and his entire family received while at the center.

Sheriff Smith and his family utilized the center as Regional Hospice leadership had envisioned. He was a constant presence by Jane’s side, as well as with his work spread out before him in the family kitchen and the center’s other public and quiet spaces, and shared Jane’s last Thanksgiving together with their family and favorite holiday fixings from the center’s chef.

“He and Jane, their children and grandchildren all became family to Regional Hospice volunteers, social workers, nurses, hospice aides, our center chef and staff—it is our pleasure to welcome Don Smith into another part of our Regional Hospice family to share his insights and passion to help us serve patients and their families. Don has profound understanding and support for our mission. We are honored to have such a distinguished veteran and someone with his extraordinary background and compassion helping us to advocate for the families in our care.” Said Cynthia Emiry Roy, Regional Hospice and Palliative Care President & CEO

Sheriff Smith assumed the duties of Putnam County Sheriff on January 1, 2002. Prior to becoming the Sheriff of Putnam County, Smith served as the Deputy Putnam County Executive from 1999 – 2001.

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Smith also earned a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and was a Fellow at the National Defense University. Smith’s numerous awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster.

Sheriff Smith has served in numerous leadership positions in community organizations including past president of the Westchester-Putnam Council of the Boy Scouts of America, past president of the Mental Health Association in Putnam County, and currently serves as Chairman of the American Heart Association in Putnam County. Sheriff Smith also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Security Council Foundation, which promotes the military concept and strategy of “Peace Through Strength” and currently is the Chairman of the Board.

 “It is a great honor and privilege for me to join the Board of Regional Hospice and Palliative Care.

Having experienced firsthand the outstanding care for my late-wife, Jane, and the caring support for me and my family during our great time of need, I am humbled that I will be able to play a role in helping other families in their time of need by serving on the Board of Directors. I am very grateful that Regional Hospice was there for my family and truly believe that its mission and role can best be defined by looking in the dictionary under the word “love”. Commented Retired Brigadier General, Putman County Sheriff Donald B. Smith on his new leadership role with Reginal Hospice and Palliative Care.

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.

For more information, visit www.RegionalHospiceCT.org. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RegionalHospiceCT.

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Honoring Dr. Bob Kloss and Ed Ronan Jr., CPA with the 2017 Danbury Community Leadership Award

The Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums, the Putnam County Sheriff with his own special award and about 450 revelers filled the Amber Room on May 2nd to celebrate two outstanding leaders at the heart of Regional Hospice and Palliative Care’s history.

Dr. Bob Kloss, one of our Regional Hospice founders in 1983, who has also been our medical director since our earliest days, and Ed Ronan, Jr., CPA, the treasurer on our volunteer board of directors who ushered Regional Hospice through the creation of our Center for Comfort Care & Healing, received the 2017 Community Leadership Award at the Danbury Giving Circle’s Annual Breakfast.

Left to right: Volunteer Board Chairman John Royce, Honoree Dr. Bob Kloss, Honoree Ed Ronan, Jr., President & CEO Cynthia Roy, and Volunteer Board Vice-Chairman George Mulvaney


Bob Kloss and Ed Ronan are men with vision, empathy and an impassioned sense of community responsibility. It is our pleasure to a bit share their history that led them to become our history:

 

Our Founder, Our Medical Director, Our Mentor—Dr. Bob Kloss 

Family, music, an inspirational mentor and the real estate mantra: location, location, location, put Dr. Robert “Bob” Kloss on a path that changed the course of end-of-life care for families in our region.

Together Dr. Albert Casazza and Dr. John Pezzimenti of Associated Internists, Dr. Kloss founded Regional Hospice and Palliative Care in Danbury in 1983. Bob took on the mantle as medical director during 1985, and has been its compassionate and guiding clinical force ever since.

Sailing, Music and a Soul Mate

Born in Edgewater Park, New Jersey, a town along the Delaware River close to the Jersey Shore, Bob grew up with a passion for sailing and gift for music—an accomplished pianist and organist who played in church throughout high school and college. It was also at church where he met a dear friend who would become his future wife—Kathy Taylor—they were both five years old. They married in 1978 after Kathy finished her Master’s in Performing Arts at Julliard and Bob was in the last year of his residency at SUNY Buffalo. 

A Mentor and a Path to Regional Hospice History               

After graduating with honors from University of Pennsylvania followed by Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Bob did his internship and residency at SUNY Buffalo where he met Dr. Rose Ruth Ellison, a pioneer in cancer chemotherapy. Dr. Ellison’s research and fervor for her work inspired Bob, and Ellison became his mentor as well as a catalyst for his specialty in hematology/oncology.

Ellison and Buffalo’s lack of a thriving classical music scene motivated Kloss’s trek toward Danbury. By 1978, Ellison became the head of oncology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center—a position that would bring Bob and Kathy, back to New York in 1979, where Kathy, a clarinetist, could resume her career. After completing his fellowship in oncology/hematology at Columbia Presbyterian, Bob joined Associated Internists of Danbury in July of 1981—the rest is Regional Hospice history.

A Skeptical Medical Community Embraces Quality of Life

As their family grew and ensconced themselves into the Redding community, Kathy’s career included regional and national music performances; they shared a shared family passion for sailing with their two sons Rob and James, and Bob has served on the vestry at Christ Church Redding. He is currently the treasurer of Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums.

In addition to continuing as Regional Hospice’s beloved sage and medical director, Bob had spent ten years as the director of in-patient oncology at Danbury Hospital, now Western CT Health Network, and served as the WCHN Chief of Hematology-Oncology until October 2016.

Bob Kloss’ leadership at Regional Hospice saw a skeptical medical community grow to embrace quality of life over the pursuit of continued treatments that were hastening mortality rather than providing a cure. Bob also experienced Regional Hospice’s earliest growing pains and later shared in the dream and the planning to make our Center for Comfort Care and Healing a reality.

In his typically understated manner, Bob credits past and current leadership for the growth and reputation for clinical excellence that Regional Hospice has achieved throughout his thirty-five years of unyielding dedication.  “Al Casazza was a powerful force in the community; he had a vision; he was a kick-starter for the hospice movement in our area. Cynthia was exactly that for the center; it was time—we had needed it for far too long.”

Thank you, Dr. Bob Kloss—we could not have done it without YOU! We honor you for your vision, your leadership and your resolve to bring enhanced quality of life, peace and comfort to families, and for never losing your passion or idealism through thirty-five years of transition and growth.

 

Ed Ronan—a Heart Full of Empathy and…

Behind every non-profit’s dream come true are a dedicated board of directors that includes an accountant with a phone full of contacts and a heart full of empathy.

Regional Hospice and Palliative Care ( RHPC) Volunteer Board ofDirectors brought Ed Ronan, Jr. CPA, onboard in 2008—a pivotal year for a long-held vision: RHPC leadership were developing plans to build the state’s first in-patient, private-suite, specialty hospital to care for dying patients and support their loves ones.

Ed brought 40 years of financial acumen as a certified public accountant guiding individuals, businesses and non-profits in their financial planning and assurance.  He also brought a personal understanding the hospice mission and a network of family, friends and business associates who could help Regional Hospice raise awareness for the $14 million undertaking that would change hospice care as we know it in Connecticut.

 A Compassionate Believer

Regional Hospice and Palliative Care’s mission is empowered by compassionate believers who bring us their hearts, talents and tenacious spirits. Ed and his wife, Mary Connelly Ronan, became compassionate believers twenty-nine years ago when Mary’s mom had died at the age of 57, the same day their daughter, Maggie, was born.

Their experience with hospice care at home lifted an overwhelming burden off of their family’s shoulders. It allowed them to concentrate on precious time left with Mrs. Connelly as Ed and Mary prepared for their baby’s birth. The loving staff caring for Mary’s mom helped them make sense out of the complicated feelings of loss and the joy of their beautiful, healthy baby.

More recently during Ed’s father’s illness and passing, Ed and his whole family expressed the change that took place as soon and they walked through the double doors into the patient wing of the Center for Comfort Care & Healing.  “We felt completely unburdened and embraced by peace after a particularly agonizing time. The experience of the Regional Hospice staff and the care at the Center moved all of us to be even more ardent advocates.”

Faith, Family & Community Spirit

Ed Ronan’s hospice spirit is infused by his faith and commitment to family and community service.  Born in Yonkers the oldest of five boys, Ed’s family moved to Ridgefield when he was seven. He graduated from Ridgefield High School with plans to go to college to “…do what Ronan men do—we become accountants.”

After graduating from University of Bridgeport with his BS in Accounting and his CPA, Ed landed a position with one of the “big eight of the 1970’s”, Coopers and Lybrand, where he met Michael Actis-Grande. In 1984, the two men opened their own firm in Danbury, Actis-Grande Ronan and Company, LLC. Ed serves as the firm’s director of assurance and consulting services, and believes that “If you are a business owner you have a responsibility to help your community. It’s all part of being a good corporate citizen in your community.”

Ed and Mary are longtime Brookfield residents and have two children—Stephen and his wife, Darcy, have two children, Eddie five and Charlie two. Their daughter, Maggie, and her husband,

Sean, are expecting their first child in July.

With Our Gratitude

Ed Ronan has served as a director on the boards of a variety of not-for-profit organizations over the course of his professional career. He is currently serving as treasurer of the Regional Hospice and Palliative Care Volunteer Board of Directors and our former Regional Hospice Foundation. Ed is also a corporator of the Savings Bank of Danbury and a member of the Housatonic Industrial Development Corporation. It is our pleasure to honor Ed Ronan, Jr. with our 2017 Danbury Community Leadership Award for his commitment to Regional Hospice and Palliative Care.

Pam Picard – A Compassionate Healer that Emanates Warmth

When Pam Picard’s son Kyle was 9-years-old, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and later Lyme disease.  Drawing on her background in holistic healing, she embarked on a journey to get him the best medical treatment available and tapped into every therapeutic modality possible to bring her son the comfort and relief he deserved.  Kyle remarkably recovered from his cancer and that experience moved Pam to help others.

One way she started to help others was by studying reiki – or energy work – something that many of her friends practiced.  Reiki is a very gentle touch (or no touch) healing modality.  It is extremely calming and relaxing, and can bring a sense of peace throughout the body.  Pam views herself as a “hollow bone” or “vessel” in which she can transmit healing energy through her hands to the recipients to provide them the calm and relief they may need.

Complementary Therapy Volunteers Pam Picard & Kim Schmus

After studying to be a reiki master, Pam had a dream about providing support to patients during surgery. That ultimately led her to Raven Keyes, a member of Dr. Oz’s surgical team, who performs reiki on patients in the operating room.  Feeling like this was a good omen, Pam reached out to Yale-New Haven Hospital and learned that they too had a role for reiki practitioner volunteers in clinical settings.  Once she was accepted to Yale’s volunteer team, she reconnected with Raven and inspired her to coordinate training for Medical Reiki™ practitioners.  Pam completed this specialized training a month later and started putting her skills to use as a Certified Medical Reiki™ Practitioner at Yale New-Haven Hospital, while also working at Salt of the Earth in Woodbury.

In November 2015, Pam was approached by Regional Hospice and Palliative Care’s (RHPC) President and CEO Cynthia Roy, who knew about Pam’s volunteer work at Yale-New Haven.  Cynthia encouraged Pam to bring her reiki expertise to Regional Hospice and Palliative Care.

The night that Pam completed her paperwork to become a RHPC Reiki volunteer, she was told by a family physician that her father would need hospice care.  For Pam, this was a clear sign of fate, allowing her to become a family member at RHPC before beginning her work at the Center.  Her father was admitted to Regional Hospice’s Center for Comfort Care and Healing a few days later.

After spending five days at the Center for Comfort Care and Healing, Pam’s father passed gently.  While driving with her mom on their way to the Center that night to say goodbye and wishing he was not in any pain, they saw a beautiful falling star in front of their car.  Pam took this as a sign from her dad that he did not suffer and was at peace. Her father had passed gently and comfortably, just as they had hoped.

After taking time to grieve, Pam began her volunteer work with RHPC providing reiki to patients, their loved ones and staff.  She believes that her experience as a family member of a RHPC patient before volunteering enables her to feel, see and better know how to best meet the needs of Regional Hospice’s patients and families through her special skill set.  Having been in their shoes made her volunteer commitment that much more powerful.  She regards her volunteer work as a passion and loves seeing peace come upon individuals as a result of a reiki treatment.  Pam feels honored that she is able to support them on their journey.

If you’ve been one of the lucky ones to receive reiki from Pam, chances are you’ve also met her friend and “reiki sister” Kim Schmus, LMT.  The pair find great joy in working together, combining their skills in reiki, guided meditation and light touch massage to provide a holistic approach to relaxation, comfort and relief.

Pam is tearful and genuinely moved when recounting memorable stories and experiences she’s shared with hospice patients.  She mentions two special patients who she will never forget, having been with them at their time of death.  She smiles remembering the Alzheimer’s patient that she and Kim worked with for many months. While this woman could not express herself on the outside, through their reiki they could feel her love and peace – and fire – from deep within.  Pam remembers fondly the gift of thanks that one patient gave them in her last few weeks: For all the grace and glory that they enabled their patient to experience.

She says “just to be able to touch so many lives as a RHPC volunteer is incredible.”  We like to think the work Pam does is pretty incredible too.

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Pam is a Regional Hospice and Palliative Care volunteer who provides reiki, light touch massage and guided meditation to patients and family members.  She has volunteered over 125 hours and worked with over 200 people.

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To learn more about Pam Picard, please visit her website at: http://www.reikimedical.com/

Pam Picard is offering a special discounted rate of $50 for any friends of hospice who would like to try a one-hour reiki session.  Please reach out to Pam directly and mention Regional Hospice and Palliative Care to receive this discounted rate.

She is also available to provide reiki at Salt of the Earth on weekends.

If you are interested in learning reiki and taking a Reiki I, 2 or 3 class instructed by Pam and Kim, please visit their website at healinghalls.wordpress.com.

To learn more about Kyle’s story, visit angelightfilms.org and select “The Kyle Show” to view a short documentary about his journey with brain cancer.

Inspired by Pam’s story?  To volunteer as a reiki practitioner, please visit Regional Hospice and Palliative Care’s Volunteer Page and fill out an application today!

Regional Hospice and Home Care named one of The Hearst Connecticut Top Workplaces

IMG_4077 m(Danbury, Conn.) — Regional Hospice and Home Care Center for Comfort Care & Healing is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of The Hearst Connecticut Top Workplaces for the fourth year in a row!

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 40 major publishing partners across the United States. Over the past year, more than 5,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees. Through its workplace improvement offerings, WorkplaceDynamics provides solutions, training and tools to help clients improve their workplace.

Regional Hospice and Home Care Center for Comfort Care & Healing offers a dynamic interdisciplinary team of phenomenal professionals. The evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based upon feedback from an employee survey. We thank our employees for their dedication and participation to make us a Top Workplaces for four years in a row!

“I am thrilled that we received this prestigious award, among such prominent employers in Connecticut,” said Cynthia Emiry Roy, President and CEO of Regional Hospice and Home Care.  “It demonstrates the compassion and dedication our employees have for our patients and their loved ones.  We strive to create a positive, supportive workplace culture for our staff. We are pleased that we are the only non-profit on the top position of fourth place for small companies out of 24.”

The Hearst papers published the complete list of Top Workplaces on September 13th. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com.

Regional Hospice and Home Care’s team of experienced clinicians have been providing physical, emotional, spiritual and bereavement support to children, adults and their families through our palliative and hospice care program for the past 30 years. Regional Hospice and Home Care is a nonprofit, state-licensed and Medicare-certified home health care and hospice agency. Now, with the opening of our new private-room, specialty hospital for palliative and end-of-life care — the Center for Comfort Care & Healing — Regional Hospice and Home Care can bring that same hope and compassionate care close to home and under one roof. For more information, visit www.RegionalHospiceCT.org. Follow us on twitter: @RegionalHospice. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RegionalHospiceandHomeCare.

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A Hole in One for Regional Hospice and Home Care

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(Danbury, Conn.) — The 2015 Clancy Relocation and Logistics Golf Tournament for Regional Hospice and Home Care at the Ridgewood Country Club raised $211,366; the weather was picture perfect; the event flowed seamlessly; the revelry was palpable; the auction prizes enviable and the rivalry to win them was only exceeded by the generosity in the room.

This year Susan White was the first woman to qualify for the Million Dollar Shoot-Out. White hit Closest to the Pin for Women at 12 feet. Jeff Jones took Men’s Closest to the Pin at 9 feet. Closest to the Line Tee Shot was Wayne Lousbury; Brian Crotty hit the Men’s Long Drive; and Fran Panella won for Ladies’ Long Drive.

Bill Craig, president of Craig’s Fine Jewelry in Ridgefield, chaired this year’s tournament. “It’s a privilege to oversee an event that supports Regional Hospice and Home Care. We’re very proud that they built their beautiful new Center in our area,” said Craig.  “We’ve all been touched by the compassionate work they’ve been doing in our area for the past thirty years.”

President & CEO Cynthia Emiry Roy thanked the committee and golfers whose generosity over the years has supported the hospice, palliative care and bereavement services that Regional Hospice and Home Care provides both in patient homes and in their new Center for Comfort Care & Healing. “This committee and all of you who have supported them over the years, made our dreams to build an in-patient Center possible as we continued to support families with the clinical excellence and compassionate care we’ve built our reputation on for the past 32 years.”

Founding member and former chairman of the Regional Hospice golf committee, Larry Riefberg, spoke to participants during dinner about his family’s recent experience at the new Center as his father-in-law was dying.  “How could I have ever imagined that when we stood here five years ago, dreaming about a facility—that not only would the magnificent doors truly open—but also that our family would need to seek comfort inside those doors during my father-in-law’s final hours.  We were comforted by the genuine caring and outpouring of those who work at Regional Hospice.  From its leadership to the chef in the kitchen – everyone cares,” said Riefberg.

We thank Fred Del Percio, Barbara Eisele, Robert Geambazi, and the PGA along with the staff at the Pro Shop and Ridgewood Country Club for their hospitality and continued support. Next year’s Sixth Annual Tournament for Regional Hospice and Home Care will take place on Monday, August 29, 2016. To sponsor, purchase a foursome, volunteer, or donate auction or raffle prizes, please contact Felicia Saraceno at (203) 702-7435 or FSaraceno@regionalhospocect.org.

Regional Hospice and Home Care’s team of experienced clinicians have been providing physical, emotional, spiritual and bereavement support to children, adults and their families through our palliative and hospice care program for the past 30 years. Regional Hospice and Home Care is a nonprofit, state-licensed and Medicare-certified home health care and hospice agency. Now, with the opening of our new private-room, specialty hospital for palliative and end-of-life care — the Center for Comfort Care & Healing — Regional Hospice and Home Care can bring that same hope and compassionate care close to home and under one roof. For more information, visit www.RegionalHospiceCT.org. Follow us on twitter: @RegionalHospice. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RegionalHospiceandHomeCare.

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First Country Bank Foundation Supports Regional Hospice and Home Care

After a tour of Regional Hospice and Home Care’s new Center for Comfort Care & Healing, First County Bank representatives presented Regional Hospice and Care with a $5,000 check from the First County Bank Foundation to support programs and operations in the new Center. The bank had previously been a sponsor of Regional Hospice and Home Care’s 2014 Gala.

IMG_3996 PRPictured left to right: Sara Tucker, First County Senior VP /Director of Business Banking; VP Commercial Division Gene Shreiner; Cynthia Emiry Roy, Regional Hospice and Home Care President & CEO; Chief Operating Officer Paul L. Sirois; and Director of Development Terri Eberle Katz.

Established in 2001 in honor of the Bank’s 150th anniversary, First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development for children and families. As a mutual bank without shareholders, First County Bank considers contributions made by the foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves.

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 164 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 15 branches in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, trust and investment services, business banking services, mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees and assets in excess of $1.4 billion. For additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com. Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank. Follow it on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/firstcountybank or look for First County Bank on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/920207.

Regional Hospice and Home Care’s team of experienced clinicians have been providing physical, emotional, spiritual and bereavement support to children, adults and their families through our palliative and hospice care program for the past 30 years. Regional Hospice and Home Care is a nonprofit, state-licensed and Medicare-certified home health care and hospice agency. Now, with the opening of our new private-room, specialty hospital for palliative and end-of-life care — the Center for Comfort Care & Healing — Regional Hospice and Home Care can bring that same hope and compassionate care close to home and under one roof. For more information, visit www.RegionalHospiceCT.org. Follow us on twitter: @RegionalHospice. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RegionalHospiceandHomeCare.

 

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Regional Hospice and Home Care Seeks Donations for Thrifts-2-Gifts Fundraiser

(Danbury, Conn.) — If you have furniture, clothing, housewares, jewelry, sports equipment or vintage items in your garage or attic waiting for a new home, please consider donating them to Regional Hospice and Home Care for its first-ever Thrifts-2-Gifts Fall Sale fundraising event.

Thirfts 2 Gifts logo draftAll proceeds from the sale of items will directly support patients and families receiving end-of-life care at Regional Hospice and Home Care’s Center for Comfort Care & Healing in Danbury.
Drop-off dates for donations are Thursday, Sept 10 and Friday, Sept 11 from 9 am to 2 pm and 5 to 6 pm at the Center for Comfort Care & Healing, 30 Milestone Road in Danbury.

Acceptable items include working or gently used: area rugs, collectibles, strollers, children’s bicycles, designer clothing and shoes, framed art and photo frames, furniture, home and garden decor, housewares and mirrors, jewelry and fashion accessories, lamps, lawn equipment, linens for bed and kitchen, luggage, skis and boots, small appliances, sporting equipment and vintage items.

Click Here for a complete list of acceptable/not acceptable items.

For those seeking new treasures, the Thrifts-to-Gifts Fall Sale will take place at the Center for Comfort Care & Healing, 30 Milestone Road in Danbury, on Saturday, Sept 12 from 10 am to 4 pm with a rain date of Sept 19.

For more information please contact Felicia at 203.702.7435.

Regional Hospice & Home Care’s team of experienced clinicians have been providing physical, emotional, spiritual and bereavement support to children, adults and their families through our palliative and hospice care program for the past 30 years. Regional Hospice and Home Care is a non-profit, state-licensed and Medicare-certified home health care and hospice agency. Now, with the opening of our new private-room, specialty hospital for palliative and end-of-life care — the Center for Comfort Care & Healing — Regional Hospice and Home Care can bring that same hope and compassionate care close to home and under one roof. For more information, visit www.RegionalHospiceCT.org. Follow us on twitter: @RegionalHospice. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RegionalHospiceandHomeCare.
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Senator Richard Blumenthal Shares Regional Hospice’s New Reality for Care

After years of supporting Regional Hospice and Home Care’s work and vision for Connecticut, Senator Richard D. Blumenthal spent the morning of August 14th touring and visiting patients at the new Center for Comfort Care & Healing in Danbury.

“Over the years, Senator Blumenthal’s advocacy for our services and support of our events have raised tremendous awareness of the unmet needs faced by hospice patients in Connecticut. I’m honored to have Senator Blumenthal spend time with us and see the impact our Center is having on our patients and their families.” said President & CEO Cynthia Emiry Roy.

Since its opening, awareness of the Center’s care and amenities has brought patients from throughout Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Florida for hospice and palliative care. During Senator Blumenthal’s visit, each of the 12 private patient suites was occupied and had a waiting list.IMG_3940 v2

Family members have the option to reside in suites with their loved ones and make themselves at home throughout beautifully-appointed common areas. Senator Blumenthal toured the tribute gardens, the Healing Hearts Center for Grief and Loss— now relocated to the new Center, and met staff and volunteers along the way. Hearing stories behind the dedicated rooms, he also visited with two families who were finding peace and comfort in those rooms.

Senator Blumenthal met a second generation of veterans at the bedside of their father, a WWII veteran and also a husband whose wife of 60 years was losing her battle with cancer. Despite their impending losses, both families were eager share their personal stories as they extolled the serenity and comfort they felt from staff and volunteers.

The tour led to the Jeffrey B.White Memorial Library and background on the beloved family behind its creation. Chief Operating Officer Paul L. Sirois shared the story of his childhood friend, Jeff White, who became a distinguished travel and political writer, dying at the age of 33 in 2009. Blumenthal was clearly touched by the library and the legacy it embraced. White’s parents designed and dedicated the library in his honor. They filled it with the books he loved, the international papers he wrote for, a bound collection of his work, and children’s books for young patients and family members.

Past the library, the scent of roasting vegetables wafted from the commercial kitchen where Senator Blumenthal, Roy and Sirois stopped by to chat with Chef Aaron Swart. The senator was impressed by the organic produce Swart orders from a local farm cooperative and at the variety of foods he prepares each day. Families regularly stop by Swart’s kitchen with personal meal requests which he accommodates as well as his daily menus and extraordinary baked goods.

Senator Blumenthal had been a strong advocate on behalf hospice families during the earliest days of Regional Hospice’s vision. It was a proud day for Regional Hospice’s president, chief operating officer, staff members and volunteers to share the Center’s new reality for compassionate end-of-life care with Senator Blumenthal.

Regional Hospice and Home Care’s team of experienced clinicians have been providing physical, emotional, spiritual and bereavement support to children, adults and their families through our palliative and hospice care program for the past 30 years. Regional Hospice and Home Care is a nonprofit, state-licensed and Medicare-certified home health care and hospice agency. Now, with the opening of our new private-room, specialty hospital for palliative and end-of-life care — the Center for Comfort Care & Healing — Regional Hospice and Home Care can bring that same hope and compassionate care close to home and under one roof.

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