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Hospice House needs support

March 25, 2009
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Letter to the Editor

The fulfillment of a dream is never attained simply through wanting. Patience, hard work, perseverance, and, most importantly, the commitment of believers is what turns a dream into reality. For years the staff and trustees of Merrimack Valley Hospice dreamed of building a Hospice House to offer compassionate, comprehensive end-of-life care to patients who cannot remain at home during their final days. Our dream is almost realized, with the construction of a Hospice House on North Avenue in Haverhill nearing completion.

We didn't do this alone – our friends across the Merrimack Valley, through gifts large and small, donated nearly $4.4 million in support of this important project. We're almost there, but not quite. Now, we need your help to reach our $5 million goal.

The Hospice House has been meticulously designed and will include 14 private suites for patients and their families, as well as unique shared spaces that create a tranquil feeling. The design includes living rooms and gathering areas, a family kitchen, library, sanctuary and beautiful gardens. Two of the rooms can be converted to children's rooms complete with a crib and rocker.

In the coming weeks we'll be writing to our friends and neighbors asking for support of this important project. Please give thoughtful consideration to this request and know that donations of all sizes matter and will help. Your contribution will help us bring comfort to a husband with young children who is struggling to care for his ailing wife, a frail, elder hoping to remain by her dying husband's side, or an ill child needing round-the-clock care.

To make a gift today, please call Vicki Kelley at 978-552-4162 or visit www.merrimackvalleyhospice.org. Your gift of any size matters and will make a difference.

On behalf of the patients and families that will find comfort in this special house, thank you for your consideration of support. We remain dedicated in our belief and ever grateful to all who join us in achieving this dream.

Joan Stygles Hull, RN, MBA

President/CEO

Editor's NoteFrom time to time, On Call publishes personal essays from its readers that offer a personal perspective on what it means to be a healthcare professional. You can submit an essay up to 1,000 words in length (it can be a lot shorter too) for consideration by sending an e-mail with the essay attached to joesaling@bellsouth.net.

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