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Local Businesses Raise Money for the Oncology Special Needs Fund of Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center

 

Recently, Orangetheory Fitness (OTF), CKO Kickboxing, and other local businesses raised more than $2,000.00 for the Oncology Special Needs Fund of the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.

Orangetheory Fitness, located in Flemington, hosted their first Row-4-A-Cure. Taking place over 10 days, their clients were encouraged to donate money for an OTF staff member of their choice to row 100 meters for $10. They successfully raised $1,100.

As part of a Breast Cancer Awareness Punch-a-Thon, CKO Kickboxing of Flemington,  along with local businesses, raised more than $1,700. Participants included CKO members, friends, staff of Mid-Jersey Orthopaedics, and three cancer survivors.

Dedicating their time to instruct during the event, the CKO Trainers were also supported in their efforts by several different businesses including:

Amwell Valley Diner

Basil Bandwagon

Chimney Rock Inn

Flemington Department Store

Freshii

Jake’s Restaurant

Max’s Market & Eatery

Nutz Entertainment

ShopRite of Flemington

Smoothie King

Starbuck’s

The Art of Dentistry & Spa

The YMCA

Medical bills can be costly. Recognizing this, the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center established the Oncology Special Needs Fund in order to assist their patients with any outstanding financial needs they may have. For example, social workers identify if a patient needs help paying their medical bills, utility bills, groceries, or other significant needs. The patient can then request the funds through the Cancer Center, and the Foundation will pay the bills directly.

In 2019, “Fit for Cancer,” will be held on March 15th and 16th with many area fitness facilities participating.   If you would like more information on how your gym can participate, please call the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation at 908-788-6141.

Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation Offers Scholarships

 

Applications for scholarships through the Jean Alvater Baker Educational Fund, the Albert Kahn and Mary Kahn, R.N. Educational Fund, the Millie E. Apgar Educational Scholarship Fund for Health Professionals, Dr. Reinhard and Dr. Helga Schwartz Nursing Education Scholarship, Wingover Scholarship Fund for Nursing Education, and the Patricia M. Psenisky Nursing  Scholarship Fund are now being accepted by the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation.

These funds provide educational opportunities to individuals pursuing careers in healthcare.  However, the Baker Fund, Kahn Fund, Dr. Reinhard and Dr. Helga Schwartz Fund and Wingover Fund place a special emphasis on the nursing profession.  The Patricia M. Psenisky Nursing Scholarship Fund is for students, RN’s or LPN’s seeking a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or a Graduate Degree in Nursing.

Applicants must either be Hunterdon County residents (parents/guardians) or employees of Hunterdon Healthcare.  There is a common application for the Baker, Kahn, Apgar, Dr. Reinhard and Dr. Helga Schwartz, and Wingover Scholarship Funds. A separate application is available for the Patricia M. Psenisky Nursing Scholarship Fund.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019.  Recipients will be notified of their awards at the beginning of May 2019.  For more information, please call the Foundation Office at 908-788-6141.

To download the Baker, Kahn, Apgar, Dr. Reinhard and Dr. Helga Schwartz, and Wingover scholarship funds form, click here.

To download the Psenisky scholarship funds form, click here.

 

 

 

http://foundation.hunterdonhealthcare.org/data/uploads/educational-scholarship-funds-application-high-school-2015-2016.pdf

A Gift of Quality, Compassionate Care

 

Hunterdon Healthcare is still in need of your gift to provide the highest quality care like that received by the late nationally known artist Dan Campanelli and everyone who visits our facilities. Your gift supports the people and medical technology at the heart of our community’s health.

GIVE TODAY

Please help us continue to provide the best healthcare possible to everyone we serve.

Wishing you and you're the happiest holiday Season!

Welcome to our NEW Senior VP

 

On behalf of the Foundation staff, it is with great pleasure that I inform you that Mr. Philippe (Phil) Beekman has accepted the position of Senior Vice President of the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation. Mr. Beekman is a career fundraising professional with 20 years of experience and expertise specifically within the New Jersey region and healthcare community. His experience spans across all facets of philanthropy including managing capital campaigns, major gifts, institutional giving, physician engagement and grateful patient, annual fund/direct mail, Boards of Governors/Trustees, special events, donor relations/stewardship, and planned giving.

Mr. Beekman has been working with us over the last year as a consultant with The Angeletti Group, providing expert advice and assistance in the planning of the capital campaign and is already familiar with many aspects of our organization. His first day at Hunterdon Healthcare will be October 8th.

I want to thank the Trustees involved in the Senior VP search process for their time and dedication to finding the best candidate for the position. Please join the Foundation staff in warmly welcoming Phil to our community.

Sincerely,

Amy M. Tiedemann, PhD
Director of Development

2018 Culinary Affair was a Success!

 

Our largest attended Culinary Event this past September was full of Irish cuisine, beer and specialty drinks! Attendees enjoyed specialty tastings from local Restaurants, Wineries and Breweries. This popular annual event is sponsored by Hunterdon Medical Center Auxiliary and proceeds go to benefit Hunterdon Hospice and Visiting Health & Supportive Services. Event attendees were treated to dishes, wine and beer from about 20 restaurants, including Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet Co., Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse, Café Galleria, Stanton Ridge Country Club, The Ship Inn and Chive & Thyme. Entertainment included Irish step dancing and music.

GIVE TO THE ANNUAL FUND

 

Dear Friends,

Recent census data estimates show that the number of Hunterdon County residents over the age of 65 has grown 5% since 2010 and is expected to reach 25% of the total population within 15 years. Not surprising, then, has been the increasing demand for home care services from Hunterdon Regional Community Health (HRCH). The four programs HRCH operates, Hunterdon Hospice, Visiting Health and Supportive Services (home health aides), Briteside Adult Day Center, and Integrative Medicine offer expert nursing personnel to families and individuals who are struggling with chronic diseases, disabilities, and the challenges of daily living. But, Medicare and Medicaid funding for our programs is sorely inadequate to insure that we are able to meet the entire demand for this specialized health care service.

We ask for your help by contributing to Hunterdon Regional Community Health and partnering with us in preserving the human dignity and individuality of every person we serve. Your donation supports our dedicated caregivers and provides the resources they need to give the best care possible to people in our community. To learn how your support makes a difference, please read the story below.

You can donate by visiting foundation.hunterdonhealthcare.org and selecting one of our services as the recipient of your gift or making a general donation to HRCH.

Gratefully,

Don Pinner, FACHE
Senior Vice President
Hunterdon Regional Community Health

Christina O’Malley
Senior Vice President
Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation

Hunterdon Hospice, Visiting Health and Supportive Services (VHSS), Briteside Adult Day Center, and Integrative Medicine all work together to care for those in need. We’d like to share with you one story about this collaboration (all names and personal details have been changed to protect confidentiality).

Hunterdon Hospice recently admitted a gentleman to our service - let’s call him Joe - who was residing at a local nursing home. Joe had been discharged from Hunterdon Medical Center after declining further treatment for his cancer. It was recommended Joe remain at the nursing home because he lived alone and had no family. However, Joe was fully capable of making his own decisions, was alert and focused. He missed his dog, Lucy. He had been told Lucy could come to visit him at the nursing home but that was not the case once he arrived.

In the early evening one night not long after Joe had been admitted to our service, our on-call nurse received a telephone call from the nursing home informing us that "the patient ran away." Apparently, Joe signed himself out of the nursing home against medical advice and a close friend picked him up and took him away.

The next morning, Hunterdon Hospice staff and our chaplain held a long discussion about Joe, his right to make his own decisions, his safety, his care needs and our ability to provide them. After the morning’s discussion, we decided Hunterdon Hospice should continue to care for this man. We called his friend and the Hunterdon Hospice care team met Joe and his friend at Joe's home later that day.

Each and every one of the team – the four Certified Home Health Aides from VHSS, nurses, social workers, volunteers, and chaplain – made it possible for this individual to stay home with his beloved dog.

This task was challenging – Joe’s house was very cluttered and dirty, he frequently fell and called for help in the middle of the night, and often refused care offered to him. But the care team never forgot his humanity. They showed kindness and respect; they didn't try to talk him out of living alone; they hid their frustration when he made decisions that went against recommendations for his safety; they supported his friend who was so weary; they gave the dog treats. At the heart of our team were the devoted aides who came and spent time with him, kept him clean, and called us with their concerns about changes in Joe’s behavior.

Volunteers would also visit and just be present. Joe was a Veteran and for the last two Veterans' days, volunteers who had also served in the military performed a service recognition ceremony at his home and gave him a certificate and special Veteran pin (one of the few times he would smile).

Joe was eventually moved to a Veterans nursing home and his devoted aide made sure he was bathed and ready. He took the poster one of our nurses made for him of Lucy wearing bunny rabbit ears at Easter. Joe waved goodbye to his nurse and social worker from the ambulance. Our volunteer coordinator and his volunteer were also present to send him off with a sign from the Hunterdon Hospice team.

The coordinated efforts of VHSS and Hospice enabled Joe to stay in his home for two years. Although it was not easy or necessarily cost effective for Hunterdon Hospice, it was the right thing to do. Living this way was Joe's choice. This experience was the purest form of hospice care: supporting an individual's self-defined quality of life – not how we would want him to live but how he wanted to live.

 

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