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New Hartford Hospice Raises Money for Patients and Families

Monica Ortiz NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) — The Hospice and Palliative Care Center in New Hartford held a telethon on giving Tuesday, to raise money for patients and families. The center wanted to use the finances for the surrounding areas such as Oneida, Herkimer, and Eastern Madison Counties.

The goal was to raise 68,000 dollars, which is about 17,000 more than in 2016. That amount ended up being around 27% of the income hospice received from hosted events.

“In 2016, we served 867 patients and their families,” Joanne Moskal, Chief Officer for Hospice and Palliative Care said. “All of those families after the patients death are entitled to bereavement support, which is not reimbursed for 13 months.”

The event took place from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and people could call in at any time. Within the first hour 12,000 dollars was raised.

The amount raised by the end of the night was 70,000 dollars.

“They were able to come in and develop a rapport, and teach us and help us manage the medications and keep her comfortable,” Laurie Barr, said when reflecting back on when her mother was in hospice. Barr is the Community Support Services Supervisor for the Hospice Center

She urges people to be educated on how Hospice works.

“If someone is even wondering about hospice to just call. it’s not a commitment, but to just know your resources in the future.”

For more information on what hospice care provides:  http://www.hospicecareinc.org/