Caring for Our Jewish Patients and their Families

Samaritan Spiritual Support Counselor Rabbi Geri Newburge (left) accepts gifts of personal care items from National Council of Jewish Women volunteers Florence Engel (middle) and Shirley Srolovitz. The shampoo, soap, and toothpaste will benefit Samaritan’s Jewish Hospice Program patients and families.

Samaritan Spiritual Support Counselor Rabbi Geri Newburge (left) accepts gifts of personal care items from National Council of Jewish Women volunteers Florence Engel (middle) and Shirley Srolovitz. The shampoo, soap, and toothpaste will benefit Samaritan’s Jewish Hospice Program patients and families.

(from left) Samaritan volunteers Eve Brannen, Vicki Stein, Rosalie Mittleman, and Wilma Messler gathered to prepare Hanukkah gifts for Samaritan’s Jewish patients and their families.

(from left) Samaritan volunteers Eve Brannen, Vicki Stein, Rosalie Mittleman, and Wilma Messler gathered to prepare Hanukkah gifts for Samaritan’s Jewish patients and their families.

About Samaritan’s Jewish Hospice Program:

Samaritan’s Jewish Hospice Program provides a very special kind of care and support for all Jewish people living with serious illness when a cure is not possible. Our mission is to bring a Sukkat Shalom – a Shelter of Peace – to our patients and their families by providing comfort, dignity and quality of life in the spirit of Chesed Shel Emet, eternal loving and compassionate kindness.

Samaritan’s Jewish Hospice Program was created more than 15 years ago in coordination with the Samost Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey to ensure that no Jewish person is ever alone when facing serious illness.

Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Announces Local Business Leaders as 2015 Gala Chairs

From left: William Butler, artist and owner of Gallery Eleven One in Camden; Rhonda Cates, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Board member and Co-Chair of the 2015 Celebration of Life Motown Gala; Jim Wujcik, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Board member & Co-Chair of the 2015 Celebration of Life Motown Gala; Dianna Geist, Co-Chair of the 2015 Celebration of Life Motown Gala; and Ronja Butler of Gallery Eleven One.

From left: William Butler, artist and owner of Gallery Eleven One in Camden; Rhonda Cates, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Board member and Co-Chair of the 2015 Celebration of Life Motown Gala; Jim Wujcik, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Board member & Co-Chair of the 2015 Celebration of Life Motown Gala; Dianna Geist, Co-Chair of the 2015 Celebration of Life Motown Gala; and Ronja Butler of Gallery Eleven One.

The opening of artist William Butler’s exhibit, Camden Beautiful at Gallery Eleven One, was the backdrop for the announcement of the co-chairs for the Motown Gala, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice’s 2015 Celebration of Life gala.

Dianna Geist of Marlton, Managing Director at NW Financial, will co-chair this year’s event with Samaritan board members Rhonda Cates of Mount Laurel, Assistant Director- Retirement Plans at The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church USA, and Jim Wujcik of Cinnaminson, a Business Banking Executive with Santander.

Samaritan’s annual Celebration of Life gala will take place on February 21, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza located on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, NJ. The opening reception will begin at 7:00 p.m. followed by dinner, live music by The Inferno Band, dancing, live and silent auctions. During the event, Samaritan’s annual Circle of Excellence award will be presented to Mindy Holman, Vice Chair, CEO & President, Holman Enterprises, Inc. Additionally, the highly anticipated Delightful Dining Raffle will return offering two participants the a chance to each win 12 gift certificates to local restaurants, valued at $100 each.

The co-chair announcement reception at Gallery Eleven One was part of Camden’s 3rd Thursday ArtCrawl. As part of the reception, Samaritan’s Board Chair Liz Thomas also announced that William Butler has been commissioned to present a live art experience, creating a unique painting during the Motown Gala, that will then be auctioned in support of the not-for-profit’s charitable mission to care for all hospice patients in need regardless of their ability to pay.

For complete gala ticket and sponsorship information, or for more information about the Delightful Dining Raffle opportunity, visit www.SamaritanNJ.org/gala or kindly contact Julie Weitzman at (856) 552-3239 or Jweitzman@SamaritanNJ.org.

Samaritan Sponsors Gallery Eleven One Event

Samaritan was proud to sponsor the reception at William and Ronja Butler’s Gallery Eleven One in Camden at tonight’s Art Crawl. Board Chair Liz Thomas joined our 2015 Gala Chairs at the exhibit featuring William’s Camden-inspired art. William will create a one-of-kind painting at our February Gala to be auctioned live.

From left: Liz Thomas, Diana Geist, William Butler, Ronja Butler, Jim Wujcik and Rhonda Cates.

From left: Liz Thomas, Diana Geist, William Butler, Ronja Butler, Jim Wujcik and Rhonda Cates.

Giving Thanks, Preserving Memories

Thanksgiving came early for more than 100 patients and families who received beautiful baskets filled with turkey dinners, pies, sparkling cider, table decorations … and most of all, LOVE!
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Thanks to our teen volunteers — the SamariTeens — and our Volunteer Services staff for helping CulinArt to cook 500 meals. They also created table decorations, filled the baskets, and carried them out to the cars of volunteer drivers who fanned out across our 2200-square mile service area to deliver a large dose of holiday spirit!
Board member Lee Shields (above/middle) and his son Tommy volunteered to deliver a basket to former Chemistry teacher Theresa Gabarino who proudly declared she was 102-years young!

 

COMMENTARY: Hospice care guidelines help patients, families

Printed in the Courier Post on Friday November 29, 2014
Written by Mary Ann Boccolini, Samaritan President/CEO

No one likes to think about death and dying, much less plan for it. But as more people are learning, hospice care can ease suffering and increase comfort toward the end of life, for both patient and family.

An estimated 1.5 million people received hospice services in 2012 — a 20 percent jump in just four years, reports the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Accordingly, the number of hospices is rising, too — from 4,850 in 2008 to more than 5,500 today.

Yet differences between providers can be significant, experts note. In addition, many people don’t realize they’re eligible for hospice care early — up to six months before death, for Medicare recipients. This comforting care can even extend life, research shows.

Consumer Reports Graphic from All Staff SlideSo how can patients and families know which hospice to choose and when to start services?

Last month, ConsumerReports.org posted some excellent guidelines. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization provides additional recommendations on its website, nhpco.org.

And the person’s physician can help determine when he or she will qualify.

To mark National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, I’m sharing some of this important advice.

Here’s what Consumer Reports says to look for:

  • Not-for-profit status. More than half of U.S. hospice programs are for-profit, according to Medicare, and recent reports have revealed problems at some of those programs.
  • Twenty or more years of experience.
  • Hospice-certified nurses and doctors on staff and available 24/7.
  • Palliative-care consultants who can alleviate symptoms, even if the person isn’t ready for hospice yet.
  • An in-patient unit, where patients can receive care if symptoms can’t be managed at home.
  • Ability to provide care in nursing homes and assisted living residences.
  • Medicare approval. This enables Medicare to pay for services, including equipment and home health aides as needed, plus counseling and grief support for the patient and family.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization suggests that families also ask about the results of any state or federal reviews, whether the program is nationally accredited, the number of patients assigned to each staff member, and a variety of other quality indicators. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s full set of recommendations is available here.

As the population continues to age, more of us will need to make these critical decisions for our loved ones and ourselves.

Finding the right hospice is well worth the effort. Good hospice care can provide pain relief, comfort, peace and support during the most difficult times, for both patients and their families.

Mary Ann Boccolini is president and CEO of Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, based in Marlton. For more information, visit http://www.samaritannj.org.

Samaritan Announces New Support Group – Yoga for Loss

Yoga for Loss

Starting Monday, November 17
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Six Sessions143080482Pre-registration is required at 856-596-8550.

Loss, whether it be loss of a loved one, loss of a career, loss of a marriage, can weigh heavily on the mind, body and spirit. Join our Yoga for Loss support group which integrates gentle yoga poses(asana) and breathwork (pranayama) into a typical support group setting.

Sessions include group discussion and psycho-education related to grief and loss. Individuals will connect with other participants as they work towards healing. Sessions are 90 minutes long and will meet for six weeks.

Please bring a yoga mat and bottle of water. *Yoga mats will be provided for individuals as needed. Please consult with physician prior to registering.

Cost: $60/ 6 week session