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Abington Health Foundation is proud to acknowledge the community organizations that choose to raise funds to support our programs and facilities.

Inpatient Hospice Rooms at Abington - Lansdale Hospital

VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn and Friends of HospicePictured left to right: David Crosson, board member, VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn, Joanne Kline, executive director, VNA Foundation; Kitty Fitzgerald, MBA, RN, director, Abington Home Care and Hospice, Curt Deardorff, DDS, board member, VNA Foundation; Elissa Della Monica, RN, MSN, NE-BC, vice president for Post Acute and Case Management services, and F. Lee Mangan, president, VNA Foundation. Seated left to right: Adell Ruppel, board member, Friends of Hospice; Susan Kegerise, president, Friends of Hospice; and Mike Rogozinski, BSN, RN-BC, nurse director, Abington – Lansdale Hospital.

Through generous donations from the VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn and Friends of Hospice, inpatient hospice rooms were recently created at Abington – Lansdale Hospital. Two rooms were redesigned to ease the day-to-day stresses for the terminally ill and enhance the time they have with their families. Designed to embrace the patient, family and visitors, the Hospice Program provides expert and compassionate care and support, in a tranquil, comfortable and home-like environment.

Serenity Garden at Inpatient Hospice in Warminster

Serenity Garden at Inpatient Hospice in WarminsterPictured left to right: Denise Mealey, MBA, MSN, RN, associate director of nursing, Abington Hospice; Nello Ianieri, member, Warminster Rotary Club; Janice Vallone, president, Rotary Club; and Katie Farrell, executive director, Warminster Campus.

The Warminster Rotary Foundation donated proceeds from its 2015 Annual Charity Ball to help establish an outdoor Serenity Garden at our inpatient hospice in Warminster. The Serenity Garden is designed to ease the day-to-day stresses of the terminally ill and their families by an opportunity to spend time in a peaceful environment.

AHS Key Club Breast Cancer Donation

AHS-Key Club-Breast Cancer DonationPictured left to right:  Sumner Sykes, Key Club vice president; Celia Timbers, Key Club president; Tommy Thornton, Key Club member; Christin Haggerty, donor relations officer, Abington Health Foundation; Betty Cummings, oncology navigator, Abington-Jefferson Health; Christa Peters, Key Club co-advisor and mathematics teacher; Michelle Ritterman, Key Club co-advisor and mathematics teacher; and Angelo Berrios, Abington Senior High School principal.

The Abington Senior High School Key Club donated $1,250 to The Rosenfeld Cancer Center at Abington-Jefferson Health.  Students and faculty raised $5,000 during the Tackle Cancer! Breast Cancer Awareness Football Game to support breast cancer awareness, research and treatment groups.

Giving Heart Hospice Volunteers

Giving Heart Hospice VolunteersPictured left to right:  Nancy Leporace, Manager Homecare/Hospice Volunteer Services and Giving Heart Volunteers: Phoebe Ward, Cynthia Kirsch and Rita Cohen.

In honor of National Hospice Month in November, the Giving Heart Hospice Volunteers sold handmade blankets, bears, bags, scarves and other holiday surprises. The group raised a total of $2,830 during the one-week sale, with proceeds benefitting Abington – Jefferson Health Hospice.

Dylan Di Meo

Dylan Di MeoPictured left to right:  Kathryn A. Ziegler, DO; Linda,
Dylan and Michael Di Meo; and Alison G. Cook, DO.

Dylan Di Meo and his parents presented a $500 check to the Andrew Tesauro Special Care Nursery (SCN) at Abington Hospital, where Dylan spent two and a half months after being born premature at only 29 weeks. For Dylan’s first birthday, his parents asked for charitable donations in lieu of gifts to support the SCN.

Sherri S. Gendelman Fund

Sherri S. Gendelman FundSherri’s Walk by the Water, held on July 25 in Margate, NJ, raised more than $40,000 to support ovarian cancer research at Abington Hospital.  Pictured are Bob Gendelman, Abington nurse navigator Jennifer Cacciatore, RN, (center), and Rachel Gendelman.  The event was in memory of Sherri Gendelman, a former patient at Abington Hospital who passed away last year after battling ovarian cancer for 17 months.

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