Agnesian HealthCare Love Light Campaign Continues Success
The 2015 Love Light fund-raiser, by the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation, raised $13,300 to help add more private patient rooms at the Hospice Home of Hope, which will effectively address current waiting lists.
Punit Kumar, MD, Hospice & Palliative Care medical director, and Nidhi Kumar, MD, Consultants Laboratory medical director, served as this year’s Love Light co-chairpersons.
The Hospice Home of Hope first opened – thanks to Agnesian HealthCare Foundation funding – in spring 2000. The Hospice Home of Hope is a residential facility providing hospice care to individuals who are diagnosed with a terminal disease, have a life expectancy of less than six months and are no longer able to remain at home.
“Thanks to the generosity shown for the 2015 Love Light project, we will be able to more effectively serve the individuals and families that greatly benefit from the Hospice Home of Hope,” according to Dr. Punit Kumar. “There is so much good that happens at the Hospice Home of Hope, and that’s what people remember the most.”
Recent national statistics show that more than 1.6 million people receive hospice services each year, and that number is expected to climb as Baby Boomers continue to age and begin to face the end of their lifetimes.
Agnesian HealthCare’s Hospice Hope is already seeing this upswing, and is taking action thanks to the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation and community support to expand its Hospice Home of Hope residential facility, located at 400 County Road K in Fond du Lac (near St. Mary’s Springs Academy High School).
“Interested individuals need to be placed on our waiting list about 90 percent of the time,” says Dr. Nidhi Kumar. “While that list is not extensive at any given time, we want to avoid turning anyone away from utilizing the Hospice Home of Hope, especially when time is so valuable.”
The 2015 Love Light project was meaningful to many families that have experienced the benefits of hospice care through the Hospice Home of Hope, and the final outcome was reflective of this gratitude.
“We are so appreciative for the many individuals that purchased Love Lights this year to reach out to assist area families who can benefit from hospice services,” according to Holly Brenner, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation president. “We are so fortunate that the community shows such strong support for our annual Love Lights program.”
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In the photo: Punit Kumar, MD, Hospice & Palliative Care medical director (left), and Nidhi Kumar, MD, Consultants Laboratory medical director (right), served as this year’s Love Light co-chairpersons. They celebrate a successful fund-raiser with Holly Brenner, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation president.