2011-03-18 / Community

PHC Hospice To Host Fundraiser

By Howard Schwach

Since July of 2008, the Butterflies by the Sea Eisenstadt Hospice has been providing final care to Rockaway residents in need at the Peninsula Hospital Center.

Now, volunteers at the hospice center are looking for the community’s help so that the hospice unit can purchase muchneeded supplies and complete furnishing the new seven beds in the 14-bed unit.

To that end, they are sponsoring a fundraiser, which will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 333 Beach 90 Street, from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, March 26.

“Even though we work for Peninsula, we are doing this on our own time, because we believe that the hospice is so important to the community,” said Ann Sugrue, one of the volunteers who is coordinating the event. “The hospice care team, made up of two nurses, aides, a chaplain and a social worker, are always available, not only for Rockaway residents, but for those all over the area who come to the hospice for care.”

“We had a seven-bed unit and it was filled,” says Ginna Dalton, another of the volunteers. “We now have expanded to 14 beds, and we badly need to get the supplies and furnishings necessary to use those other beds.”

They both thank Dr. Martin A. Grossman, the hospice’s medical director, for the success of the program.

The PHC hospice works with the Hospice Care Network, VNS Hospice and the Metropolitan Jewish Hospice network.

“In an effort to give back, the families and friends of hospice patients have joined together to create an awareness and raise needed funds for various amenities for the unit,” Dalton said. “Please join us as we show our appreciation and support.”

Those interested in further information or who want to purchase tickets or make a donation can contact Sugrue at 917-704-7770 or can email to friendsofbutterflies@yahoo.com.

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