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Thanks for helping create Hospice House

Thanks to the generous community we serve, Niagara Hospice House has already served over 100 Niagara County residents since welcoming its first patient on June 5, 2007.

I say thanks to our community because you are the people who made it happen. I must take this opportunity to publicly thank each and every donor to the Wings of Serenity Campaign to build Niagara Hospice House. As of Oct. 18, we have served 112 patients and their families at the House.

Thank you also to the hospice families who have thanked us for caring for their loved one by making a gift to Niagara Hospice. The continued support of Niagara County residents and the families we serve are essential to ensure that hospice care is available to all who need it, regardless of their financial situation.

You may have seen a billboard in the county announcing that five-star health care has arrived. This came about from comments made by visitors and residents of Niagara Hospice House -- stating that it is more like a resort than a facility. We achieved this effect by keeping all things clinical behind the scenes as much as possible. There are no medication carts or dietary carts in the halls, no overhead pages, no oxygen or blood pressure equipment in sight when not in use. What you do see are flat-screen TVs in every suite (notice "suite," not "room"), comfortable furnishings, accommodations for overnight guests when a family does not want to leave their loved one, fireplaces, spas, a children's lounge, and a 1,000-gallon saltwater aquarium.

When most of us come into this world, we are surrounded by comfort and care. At Niagara Hospice, we believe the same should be true when we leave. Thank you for helping to build Niagara Hospice House.

John L. Lomeo, president and CEO of the Hospice and Palliative Care Group


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