Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Guys needed to volunteer at Camp Erin

The Community Hospice’s special camp for grieving kids and teens, Camp Erin, is looking for more male volunteers to serve as “big buddies” and “cabin buddies.” For the first time ever, early applications from boys are outnumbering the early applications from girls to attend Camp Erin. All volunteers will receive special training and must be at least 18 years old, a high school graduate, and pass a background check. Camp Erin will be held Friday, Sept. 27 (after school) through Sunday afternoon, Sept. 29, 2013 at the facilities of Camp Fowler on Sacandaga Lake. Click here for more information and a volunteer application.

Online registration open for Hospice Walk

The countdown to our 2013 Walk for Hospice to benefit The Community Hospice is underway, and there’s a new web site for the event where it’s easier than ever to register: www.walk4hospice.org. This year’s Walk will return to the University at Albany on Saturday, June 15. On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. and the Walk itself begins at 10 a.m. In addition to raising money for The Community Hospice, come have a great time, listen to music from The Refrigerators and—for all those raising at least $50—enjoy a free catered barbecue lunch from Dinosaur BBQ!

Helping record numbers of patients

More and more families are reaching out to The Community Hospice for help and support.  For the first time in our history, The Community Hospice admitted more than one thousand patients during the first quarter of 2013.  That follows a record 2012, during which we served a total of 4,365 hospice patients.  We continue to care for most patients in their own homes, where they’re surrounded by the people and things they love, although we also serve large numbers of patients  in local nursing homes and  hospitals.

Hospice patient visits family…in Germany

More than anything else, Community Hospice patient Uli Mabeus just wanted to go home this spring and hug her mom one last time.  Uli lives in Rensselaer County, but home is Germany.  Her parents, brother, sister and extended family live in the Bavarian village of Grub am Forst.  When her Community Hospice team members heard what she wanted, they made a number of calls and succeeded in helping Uli make arrangements to fly from Albany, to Philadelphia, to Switzerland and then to Nuremberg, Germany, which is about an hour south of her hometown.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New Hospice Leader

Laurie Mante has been named to run The Community Hospice, where she’ll oversee about 450 employees who care for more than 4,000 hospital patients, nursing home residents and home care patients each year.

Currently Laurie is the Vice President of Residential Services at The Eddy, where she was instrumental in establishing the innovative Eddy Village Green at Cohoes, New York’s first Green House Project community. It’s a novel approach to providing skilled nursing care to our elders, different from the conventional, institutional feel of traditional nursing homes.

Laurie first joined The Eddy in 2002 and spent much of the next decade working in the organization’s well-regarded nursing homes, first as an assistant administrator and then as an administrator. Prior to that, she was Deputy Executive Director of Health Services at Albany’s Center for Disability Services.

After a transition period during which Laurie will work with current CEO Ron Watson, who’s retiring, she’ll officially take The Community Hospice reins on May 14.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cruising to Success

Using “Hospice Cruise Lines” as its theme, the annual Schenectady Gala set sail for success Saturday evening. By the time the night had ended, more than $57,000 had been raised to support The Community Hospice’s services and programs.

The Gala returned once again to the elegant Mallozzi’s banquet facilities in Rotterdam, with dancing music provided by The Refrigerators. Michael and Amy McParlton placed the highest bid of the evening: $2,200 during the live auction for the Sports Lovers Delight package, which included four tickets to the NFL Hall of Fame dinner at Mallozzi’s and four tickets to any Giants’ home game. In addition to bidding on items, Gala attendees pledged nearly $9,000 to support Hospice’s grief and bereavement services, which are always provided free of charge to the general public.

Thanks to the more than 200 people who turned out, to our sponsors, to Gala co-chairs Deb Gordon and Christine Mallozzi, and to the entire “Dream Team” Gala Committee! Check out the photo album section of our Facebook page.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Featured on CBS News

Here’s an inspirational story for you, in more ways than one. Pitcher Jamie Moyer is trying to re-ignite his career as a Major League baseball pitcher, at age 49!

What’s the connection to Community Hospice? Jamie’s generosity has helped fund our Camp Erin for grieving kids.
He’s a great example of a success story who really believes in giving back.

Click here to watch the recent story CBS News ran on his attempt at a comeback with the Colorado Rockies (by the way, he pitched two innings this past Wednesday, and retired six of seven batters!).

If you’d like to support Camp Erin as well, click here to learn more and make a donation.