CT Hospice to benefit from $5,000 Rotary grant

Interim Hospice CEO Barbara Pearce received PPE from Branford Rotarian Chip March

BRANFORD – Connecticut Hospice, the country’s first end-of-life care and respite facility, was today the recipient of much-needed personal protective equipment from the Branford Rotary Club.

Specifically, Branford Rotary was able to apply funds from a Rotary Foundation grant to purchase $5,000 worth of disposable isolation gowns for the medical professionals at Hospice.

Hospice is currently accepting the overflow of non-COVID-19 patients from area hospitals, allowing these satellite healthcare providers to focus on Coronavirus-positive admittees and flatten the curve of new infections. Hospice holds an acute-care specialty hospital license in addition to its hospice and home care licenses. The pandemic has also forced cancellation of the volunteer services that were such an intrinsic part of Connecticut Hospice's mission, putting added pressure on its direct caregivers.

Rotary also arranged for a thank-you motorcade and pedestrian parade of well-wishers, bearing signs, along with delivery of morale-boosting pizza to Hospice workers.

Branford Rotarian Chip Marsh first met with Hospice Interim COO/CFO Joe Mooney about the initiative in April. Hospice Development/Social Media Director Mary Fitzgerald suggested ways to recognize and support the staff.

“Connecticut Hospice has been blessed with the generosity of Branford Rotary on a number of occasions…never has it been more necessary and appreciated,” Mooney said.

Branford Rotary President Gary Gambardella asked that neighbors remember Hospice in their charitable efforts year-round. He also reminded residents and businesses that Rotary’s Help Out Take Out program is still serving area restaurants and the community at large. To donate and for more information, please visit http://branfordrotary.org/help-out-take-out.php.

To learn more, please visit BranfordRotary.org.

— Submitted press release

Connecticut Media Group