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The Friends of Mercy Medical Center Pledge $250,000 for New Hospice Unit at Mercy Medical Center
Story Number is : 010818100
Mercy Medical Center

President of the Friends of Mercy Medical Center, Brian Croutier shares with Mary Ellen Polit, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Good Shepherd Hospice and the Capital Campaign Committee that the Friends of Mercy will donate $250,000 for Good Shepherd Hospice at Mercy Medical Center, to open in the summer of 2018. (L-R) – Danielle Perillo, foundation director; Carter Anne McGowan, Good Shepherd Hospice Foundation board member; Philip Polo, Mercy’s director of engineering, Msgr. Frank Caldwell, Mary Ellen Polit, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Good Shepherd Hospice; Brian Croutier, president of the Friends of Mercy; Sr. Dolores Castellano, CIJ, Good Shepherd Hospice foundation board chair; Karen Signoracci Suero, capital campaign consultant; Jennifer Hoffman, Continuing Care board member.
Mercy Medical Center and Good Shepherd Hospice both members of Catholic Health Services are working together to ensure Nassau residents have access to quality inpatient hospice services. The Certificate of Need application for a 12-bed hospice unit at Mercy was approved by the New York State Department of Health, and the unit will open in 2018.

The Friends of Mercy Medical Center kicked off the capital campaign for Good Shepherd Hospice at Mercy Medical Center with a pledge of $250,000. The Family Lounge on the unit will be named the Friends of Mercy Family Lounge.

Mercy operated a hospice unit until the late 1980s. Since its closure, Nassau residents have had to travel for these services. Like Good Shepherd’s inpatient hospice unit on the St. Charles campus in Port Jefferson, the new facility will accommodate terminally ill patients who require an acute level of care.

The unit will feature:
• 24-hour/7-day access to acute symptom management in a homelike setting
• Family-centered care
• Physician services
• Skilled nursing with expertise in hospice care
• Medical social work
• Home health aide assistance
• Pastoral care
• Bereavement services

For more information regarding the capital campaign, please call 516-248-0886.

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