Hospice seeks school help

Fund raising opportunities touted

High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care has issued a challenge to all Essex County schools to help raise funds to benefit those in our communities who are facing a life-limiting illness during November, which is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month.

For the month of November HPHPC is asking schools in Essex County to come up with and run fund raisers on its behalf. Some ideas for fund raising include, but are not limited to: car washes, dances, and penny collections. The funds raised will then be donated to HPHPC for direct patient care.

Hospice is covered by the Medicare Hospice Benefit as is Medicaid and most private carriers but these reimbursements covers only 85 percent of actual costs of providing hospice’s specialized care. Hospice also never denies service due to inability to pay. High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care (HPHPC) relies on the financial support of the communities they serve through fund raising efforts to make up the difference.

“There are many benefits to students and schools who choose to participate in this fund raising effort,” according to Ingrid Roemischer of hospice. “These include community service credit for graduating seniors, and acknowledgement in local newspapers thanking schools supporting HPHPC’s services, patients, and patient families. Also, the funds raised will help support HPHPC’s effort to provide compassionate emotional spiritual, practical and bereavement support and comfort to our patients and patient families leading to an improved quality of life. Finally participants will gain the satisfaction of having done something worthwhile for their community!”

Interested school administrators should contact Roemischer at 942-6513 or iroemischer@hphpc.org for further details and information. Fund raiser ideas need HPHPC pre-approval.

High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., is a rural, not-for-profit health care corporation that brings dignity, comfort and peace at the end of life. Its mission states that HPHPC provides end of life care that listens with respect, cares with compassion, supports with choice and comforts with understanding.

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