2008-08-01 / Community

New Hospice Center In Memory Of Eisenstadt

RMAC President Barbara Eisenstadt, left, at an August 2007 concert with L1.802I Pops Orchestra leader Dean Kalaharis. RMAC President Barbara Eisenstadt, left, at an August 2007 concert with L1.802I Pops Orchestra leader Dean Kalaharis. Peninsula Hospital Center (PHC) is now adding a state-of-the-art inpatient hospice unit, dedicated in memory of Barbara Eisenstadt, a Rockaway community activist who passed away in fall of 2007.

The Hospice Care Network is collaborating with Peninsula Hospital Center, affiliate of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, to open the facility.

The opening date will be July 21, with the official ribbon-cutting set for later in the fall. The facility is modeled after the Hospice and Palliative Care Center at Franklin Hospital Medical Center in Valley Stream. Until this point, Queens residents had to travel to other facilities for inpatient hospice care. But now, with one in our very own backyard, patients can reside in a comfortable setting and easily spend time with loved ones close by.

PHC President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Levine claims, " We are very pleased to now add another dimension to our provision of care which will allow the patient and family the time to focus on each other."

The new facility has been funded by the generous endowment made by Marvin Eisenstadt, the Eisenstadt family and Sweet 'N Low. In addition, several members of the Board of Directors, Benefactors and Auxiliary of the Hospital Center donated generously to the unit.

Maureen Hinkelman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hospice Care Network, says of the new hospice center that it will "be able to offer local residents a place they can go that is close to home where they will receive compassionate and skillful care." For more information visit www.hospicecarenet work.org or call 1-800-2-HOSPICE.

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