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News Article | July 18, 2017
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Hospice of Westchester (HOW) hosted its 15th Annual Golf Invitational at Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains on Tuesday, June 20. Nearly 100 local business leaders and community members played the links in support of the nonprofit healthcare agency. This year brought forth the largest field yet, with more than 20 foursomes playing in the benefit. Proceeds will support HOW’s mission of striving to provide extraordinary and dignified comfort, care and compassion to individuals and families facing any serious or life-limiting illness. “As we celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2017, we are continually overwhelmed by the support we receive from the Westchester community at all of our events, including the Golf Invitational,” said Mary K. Spengler, MS, chief executive officer, HOW. “It was our largest Golf Invitational yet and we are so thankful to those who made this great day possible.” New this year was a women’s golf clinic offered by Westchester Hills Golf Club Professionals, where participants were taught full golf swings and short game basics. The day included brunch/lunch, 18 holes of golf, a barbecue on the ninth hole, cocktail reception, awards and dinner, as well as a silent auction and raffles. The Golf Invitational co-chairmen included Michael K. Ciaramella, Larry Dix, William F. Flooks, Jr., Jack Geoghegan, Bill McLaughlin, Tim Murphy, James P. O’Toole, Kenneth Theobalds and John Zanzarella. Hildegarde D. Becher Foundation, Inc. was the grand sponsor of the event, with Atlantic, Tomorrow’s Office; Beecher Flooks Funeral Home, Inc.; Entergy; Polchinski Memorials, Inc.; and Zanzarella Marketing also serving as sponsors. The hole-in-one contest was sponsored by Arroway Chevrolet Cadillac of Mount Kisco. About Hospice of Westchester: Hospice of Westchester (HOW) is a private, not-for-profit healthcare agency that provides skilled, compassionate and comprehensive end-of-life home care to patients diagnosed with any serious or life-limiting illness and gives support to their families and loved ones. Hospice of Westchester is located at 1025 Westchester Avenue, Suite 200, White Plains, NY. For additional information, visit http://www.hospiceofwestchester.com or call (914) 682-1484. For the latest news and updates, find HOW on Facebook.


News Article | July 31, 2017
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Hospice of Westchester (HOW) will host its 16th annual “In Celebration” Gala Cocktail Reception on Thursday, September 28 at Westchester Country Club in Rye. The event, which will take place from 5:30pm-7:30pm will feature special guest speaker Stone Phillips, an Emmy Award-winning News Anchor and Correspondent. In honor of the organization’s 25th anniversary this year, the evening will honor HOW’s patients and their families, as well as its exceptional and compassionate staff and volunteers. The event will also celebrate the life of Anna L. Shereff, founder of The Anna & Louis H. Shereff Caregiver and Complementary Care Programs at HOW. Stone Phillips is a former co-anchor of the award-winning newsmagazine Dateline NBC. During his 15 years at NBC News, he also served as a substitute anchor on NBC Nightly News, Today, and Meet the Press. Prior to his tenure at NBC News, Mr. Phillips spent more than a decade at ABC News, where he served as a network correspondent for World News Tonight and later 20/20. In 2012, he launched StonePhillipsReports.com and served as a Special Correspondent to PBS NewsHour with a story about head impacts in youth football. In 2013, Mr. Phillips produced an independent documentary, Moving With Grace, about relocating his aging parents and onset of his mother’s Alzheimer’s Disease. The film was broadcast on PBS stations around the country. He is currently working on a documentary about neurodegenerative disease and a promising new target for treatment. “Our ‘In Celebration’ Gala Cocktail Reception is always an evening where we thank our supporters for their strong devotions to our organization and our mission. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, we thought it was more important than ever to recognize our patients and their families, as well as our exceptional staff and volunteers,” said Mary K. Spengler, MS, chief executive officer of HOW. “We are thrilled to have Stone Phillips join us for this wonderful event, and look forward to hearing him speak about his own experiences that tie so closely to our mission.” The “In Celebration” event co-chairs are William F. Flooks, Jr. (former Board Chair); Michelle Geller, (Board Member); Terry Geller, DDS; James P. O’Toole (former Board Chair and event emcee); and Susan Yubas (Board Chair). The evening will offer fabulous cocktail party fare, entertainment, and the opportunity to enjoy a lovely evening with friends while celebrating HOW’s 25 years of service in the community. Proceeds from “In Celebration” will be used to support The Anna & Louis H. Shereff Caregiver and Complementary Care Programs. To purchase tickets or sponsorships, contact Holly Benedict at hbenedict(at)hospiceofwestchester(dot)com or call (914) 682-1484 ext. 122 About Hospice of Westchester: Hospice of Westchester (HOW) is a private, not-for-profit healthcare agency that provides skilled, compassionate and comprehensive end-of-life home care to patients diagnosed with any serious or life-limiting illness and gives support to their families and loved ones. Hospice of Westchester is located at 1025 Westchester Avenue, Suite 200, White Plains, NY. For additional information, visit http://www.hospiceofwestchester.com or call (914) 682-1484. For the latest news and updates, find HOW on Facebook.


News Article | June 1, 2017
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Hospice of Westchester (HOW) will host its 15th annual Golf Invitational at Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains on Tuesday, June 20. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by brunch/lunch and a shotgun start at 12:15 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit HOW’s mission of striving to provide extraordinary and dignified comfort, care and compassion to individuals and families facing any serious or life-limiting illness. The event will feature brunch/lunch, 18 holes of golf, a barbecue on the ninth hole, cocktail reception, awards and dinner, as well as a silent auction and raffles. New this year is a women’s golf clinic that will be offered by Westchester Hills Golf Club Professionals during the event. Participants can learn full swing and short game basics from 3-4:30 p.m. The cost to participate includes the clinic, cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony. The clinic is limited to 12 participants and reservations are required. “We are thrilled to be celebrating our 15th annual Golf Invitational during our milestone 25th year of providing extraordinary care to the Westchester County residents who need it most,” said Mary K. Spengler, MS, chief executive officer, HOW. “We are looking forward to a great day on the golf course and are grateful for the support we receive from the community year after year.” Hildegarde D. Becher Foundation, Inc. is the grand sponsor of the event, with Atlantic, Tomorrow’s Office; Beecher Flooks Funeral Home, Inc.; Entergy; Polchinski Memorials, Inc.; and Zanzarella Marketing also serving as sponsors. The hole-in-one contest is sponsored by Arroway Chevrolet Cadillac of Mount Kisco. Individual and foursome spaces, reception tickets and sponsorships are still available. For more information, please contact Holly Benedict, 914-682-1484, ext. 122. About Hospice of Westchester: Hospice of Westchester (HOW) is a private, not-for-profit healthcare agency that provides skilled, compassionate and comprehensive end-of-life home care to patients diagnosed with any serious or life-limiting illness and gives support to their families and loved ones. Hospice of Westchester is located at 1025 Westchester Avenue, Suite 200, White Plains, NY. For additional information, visit http://www.hospiceofwestchester.com or call (914) 682-1484. For the latest news and updates, find HOW on Facebook.


News Article | June 22, 2017
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Hospice of Westchester (HOW), an organization which has provided exceptional end-of-life care to residents of Westchester County for 25 years, recently hosted its seventh annual Celebration of Life Memorial Butterfly Release. On Sunday, June 4, families, friends and community members gathered at the Wainwright House in Rye for the remembrance ceremony and butterfly release. This event gives community members the opportunity to honor the lives of loved ones who have passed away. The ceremony featured welcome remarks from Mary K. Spengler, MS, chief executive officer of HOW and William H. Guyre, president, Wainwright House Board of Directors. Hospice staff shared readings related to loss and bereavement, as well as information about the journey of the Monarch butterfly, which is often viewed as a symbol of loved ones who have passed away. David and Janette Devine, MHTP, performed musical interludes during the ceremony. Following the remembrance program, HOW bereavement coordinators read the names of those being honored before the release began. Children and their families were invited to participate in activities centered on the Monarch butterfly including, crafts, stories, and games. Guests were also invited to walk the grounds of Wainwright House. “This event provides community members and our families a meaningful opportunity to remember their loved ones through a beautiful tribute,” said Mary K. Spengler, MS, chief executive officer, HOW. “Those in attendance reaffirm their connection with our staff and volunteers, who have provided invaluable assistance and support. This genuinely special event is something that we look forward to every year.” About Hospice of Westchester: Hospice of Westchester (HOW) is a private, not-for-profit healthcare agency that provides skilled, compassionate and comprehensive end-of-life home care to patients diagnosed with any serious or life-limiting illness and gives support to their families and loved ones. Hospice of Westchester is located at 1025 Westchester Avenue, Suite 200, White Plains, NY. For additional information, visit http://www.hospiceofwestchester.com or call (914) 682-1484. For the latest news and updates, find HOW on Facebook.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Hospice of Westchester (HOW), is proud to announce that it is celebrating its 25th Anniversary of providing hospice services to patients and families throughout the Westchester County community in 2017. The organization was established in 1992, when Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester and White Plains Hospital Center came together to provide comprehensive, end-of-life care to Westchester County residents, eventually becoming the standalone entity it is today. HOW’s dedication to the Westchester County community over the last two and a half decades includes the provision of services that address the medical, physical, psycho-social, and spiritual needs of its patients. The organization’s programs and services are offered to children, youth and adults diagnosed with any life-limiting illness. HOW combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when caring for a loved one. From a grassroots staff of 20 individuals when it launched in 1992, the organization today boasts a team of 65 staff members, which includes a medical director, registered nurses, licensed social workers, spiritual counselors, bereavement counselors and certified home health aides, in addition to other departments that include finance, development and public affairs, and administrative support. HOW also has a very active volunteer program of more than 30 specially-trained individuals which augment the professional staff. In addition to its medical and bereavement services, HOW was the first hospice organization in Westchester County to establish a Complementary Care Program in 2000, which further supports HOW’s commitment to increasing the well-being and improving the quality of life of its patients. Now named the Anna & Louis H. Shereff Complementary Care Program, it provides a variety of therapies including massage, music and art therapies, reflexology pet therapy and a compassionate doula at no cost to the patient. In 2014, HOW expanded its pediatric palliative care program, Comfort Crew. HOW was the first to provide a formalized palliative care program in Westchester County designed specifically for children. In 2016, the organization was named an Outstanding Nonprofit at the annual 914Inc. Excellence in Small Business Awards for its work on behalf of patients of all ages throughout the County. The organization has been considered the “Hospice of Choice” in the Westchester County community since 2009, serving approximately 105 patients per day, more than any other end-of-life care organization in the County. These services are offered to patients at little or no cost, wherever they reside; in a private residence, an assisted living facility or a skilled nursing facility. “Our mission is to provide extraordinary and dignified comfort, care and compassion to every individual and family facing a serious or life-limiting illness,” said Mary K. Spengler, MS, Chief Executive Officer, HOW. “We look forward to continuing our role as a vital part of the vibrant health care community in Westchester County. I am proud of our past accomplishments and confident about our future.” About Hospice of Westchester: Hospice of Westchester (HOW) is a private, not-for-profit healthcare agency that provides skilled, compassionate and comprehensive end-of-life home care to patients diagnosed with any serious or life-limiting illness and gives support to their families and loved ones. Hospice of Westchester is located at 1025 Westchester Avenue, Suite 200, White Plains, NY. For additional information, visit http://www.hospiceofwestchester.com or call (914) 682-1484. For the latest news and updates, find HOW on Facebook.


PubMed | Hospice, Sue Ryder House, Elblag Hospice of Dr. Aleksandra Gabrysiak, Poznan University of Medical Sciences and Medical University of Lódz
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Archives of medical science : AMS | Year: 2016

The main task of palliative care units is to provide a dignified life for people with advanced progressive chronic disease through appropriate symptom management, communication between medical specialists and the patient and his family, as well as the coordination of care. Many palliative care units struggle with low incomes from the National Health Fund (NHF), which causes serious economic problems. The aim of the study was to estimate of direct and administrative costs of care and the actual cost per patient per day in selected palliative care units and comparison of the results to the valuation of the NHF.The study of the costs of hospitalization of 175 patients was conducted prospectively in five palliative care units (PCUs). The costs directly associated with care were recorded on the specially prepared forms in each unit and also personnel and administrative costs provided by the accounting departments.The total costs of analyzed units amounted to 209 002 EUR (898 712 PLN), while the payment for palliative care services from the NHF amounted to 126 010 EUR (541 844 PLN), which accounted for only 60% of the costs incurred by the units. The average cost per person per day of hospitalization, calculated according to the actual duration of hospitalization in the unit, was 83 EUR (357 PLN), and the average payment from the NHF was 52.8 EUR (227 PLN). Underpayment per person per day was approximately 29.2 EUR (125 PLN).The study showed a significant difference between the actual cost of palliative care units and the level of refund from the NHF. Based on the analysis of costs, the application has been submitted to the NHF to change the reimbursement amount of palliative care services in 2013.


News Article | December 13, 2016
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Hospice of Westchester (HOW) recently hosted its annual “Tree of Life” Reception at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, N.Y. Over the last few months, community members were invited to make a donation to HOW through the purchase of a gold star in memory or in honor of a loved one. During the event, which took place on December 7, guests and sponsors shared in the celebration of life by placing the personalized gold stars on the “Tree of Life.” The evening featured holiday entertainment provided by Manhattanville College’s elite pop vocal group, The Quintessentials. “Our ‘Tree of Life’ reception presents an opportunity for us to come together with members of the community to foster a sense of family and love at a very special time of year,” said Mary K. Spengler, MS, chief executive officer of HOW. “The holidays can be difficult for families that have recently lost loved ones or have a family member diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, and it is my hope that the event was able to bring them comfort.” The Grand Sponsor of the event was Beecher Flooks Funeral Home, Inc. Sponsors included AliGraphics; Brown, Gruttadaro, Gaujean, Prato & Sastow PLLC; Co-Communications, Inc.; Cuddy & Feder LLP; The Hilton Westchester; James P. O’Toole Consulting; The Kensico Cemetery; PKF O’Connor Davies; Polchinski Memorials, Inc.; Ross Mailing Services, Inc.; and Patricia & Charles Trainor. All proceeds from the event will benefit HOW’s mission of striving to provide extraordinary and dignified comfort, care and compassion to individuals and families facing a serious or life-limiting illness. Hospice of Westchester is located at 1025 Westchester Avenue, Suite 200 in White Plains. For additional information, visit http://www.hospiceofwestchester.com or call 914-682-1484. About Hospice of Westchester: Hospice of Westchester (HOW) is a private, not-for-profit healthcare agency that provides skilled, compassionate and comprehensive end-of-life home care to patients diagnosed with any serious or life-limiting illness and gives support to their families and loved ones. Hospice of Westchester is located at 1025 Westchester Avenue, Suite 200, White Plains, NY. For additional information, visit http://www.hospiceofwestchester.com or call (914) 682-1484. For the latest news and updates, find HOW on Facebook.


In November 2009, a home hospice palliative care clinic(clinic)was opened in addition to a hospice ward, general ward, and geriatric health services facility at our hospital. This marked the initiation of a health care system able to provide the palliative care desired by patients and families. We studied the characteristics and hospitalization status of 514 patients with cancer who died at the hospice ward, general ward, or their homes from November 2009 through December 2011. Overall, 373 patients died at the hospice ward, 11 at the general ward, and 130 at home. Hospice physicians participated in the home care of 20 patients. Hospice physicians provide home-based care in cooperation with clinic physicians, facilitating the palliative care of patients who initially do not have a place to receive terminal care and the prompt discharge of patients who want to live at home.


PubMed | Hospice
Type: | Journal: Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy | Year: 2016

Malignant tumors exposed at the body surface are often complicated by bleeding, effusion, infection, and offensive odor, which can lead to impairment of patients QOL. Mohs paste has previously been used in the treatment of cutaneous malignant tumors as a local application for such symptoms during palliative care; some reports indicate that this procedure is effective. However, most of the cases were treated in hospital. We have performed this procedure as a part of home care. From January 2011 to December 2014, we studied Mohs paste treatment at home in 5 patients. In all cases, hemostasis and reduction of effusion were observed. To ensure a safe procedure, the patient is required to maintain the rest position during the treatment. We conclude that Mohs paste treatment is possible at home and that this procedure is an effective means to support the patients hoping for home care.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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Hospice of Westchester (HOW) recently hosted its annual “In Celebration” Gala Cocktail Reception, honoring two outstanding couples and one individual for their commitment to furthering the nonprofit’s mission of striving to provide extraordinary and dignified comfort, care and compassion to individuals and families facing a serious or life-limiting illness. The event was held on September 29 at Westchester Country Club in Rye. The event honored Karen and Peter Herrero (Proprietors, Sam’s of Gedney Way), Paul T. Khoury, MD (Medical Director, Radiology, White Plains Hospital), and Jennifer and Ralph Watts (Former Board Chair and Philanthropic Supporters), with a special tribute to Anna L. Shereff, founder of The Anna and Louis H. Shereff Caregiver and Complementary Care Programs at HOW. The honorees were recognized for their steadfast commitment and ongoing support of the organization. The “In Celebration” event co-chairs were James P. O’Toole, former Board Chair and event emcee, William F. Flooks, Jr., former Board Chair, Betsy Hills Bush and Susan Yubas, Board Chair. During the event, O’Toole and Flooks thanked sponsors, contributors, guests and honorees for their continued support of HOW and its programs and services. Susan Yubas thanked the board of directors and those in attendance for their part in making the evening a great success. Mary K. Spengler, MS, HOW’s chief executive officer, expressed her gratitude to the staff and volunteers for their unwavering commitment to the organization’s patients and families. She shared anecdotes which illustrated the profound effect the HOW team has on those they serve, and the importance of continued funding to ensure the quality of care provided by HOW does not waver despite budget cuts and changing reimbursement policies. “Though we can never fully thank our honorees and supporters enough for their strong devotion to our organization and our mission, it was truly a delight to celebrate them with this incredible evening,” Spengler said. Proceeds from the event have been earmarked for The Anna & Louis H. Shereff Caregiver and Complementary Care Programs. The organization’s Complementary Care Programs provide alternative therapies such as music therapy, art therapy and massage therapy, along with Reiki and reflexology, to those receiving hospice care. These therapies can help to alleviate pain, stress and anxiety, and are offered to all HOW patients free of charge due to the generosity and vision of Anna L. Shereff and supporters of “In Celebration”. The Grand Sponsor for this year’s event was Anna L. Shereff. Signature Sponsors included Betsy and Steven Bush, Betsy and Graham Broyd, Jennifer and Ralph Watts and White Plains Hospital. Premier Sponsors were The Hildegarde D Becher Foundation, Inc., Grassy Sprain Pharmacy and VNS Westchester. Michele Fraser Geller was the Entertainment & Honoree Gift Sponsor. About Hospice of Westchester: Hospice of Westchester (HOW) is a private, not-for-profit healthcare agency that provides skilled, compassionate and comprehensive end-of-life home care to patients diagnosed with any serious or life-limiting illness and gives support to their families and loved ones. Hospice of Westchester is located at 1025 Westchester Avenue, Suite 200, White Plains, NY. For additional information, visit http://www.hospiceofwestchester.com or call (914) 682-1484. For the latest news and updates, find HOW on Facebook.

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