BOY SCOUTS SERENADE AT HOSPICE AT JEANNE'S HOUSE TREE LIGHTING
by Tricia Degan
Wed, Dec 19th 2012 01:30 pm
Onlookers enjoy the view of the just illuminated tree in the courtyard at Hospice at Jeanne's House.
Hospice and Northgate Health Care Facility recently held a holiday tree
lighting celebration at Hospice at Jeanne's House - A Northgate and Niagara
Hospice Collaboration. Prior to the tree lighting, residents throughout
Northgate were serenaded with Christmas carols by more than 35 boy scouts from
Pack 193 and their families. Later, Nate Kennedy, RN and Associate Director of
Hospice and Palliative Care, dedicated the beautifully decorated Hospice
holiday courtyard. The glow of the holiday season illuminated the courtyard of
Jeanne's House as Niagara Hospice spiritual care coordinator, Deacon Gary
Terrana, provided a moving message about the evergreen and why it is used as a
symbol of the season.
the illumination the scouts, residents, families, staff and volunteers enjoyed
Christmas cookies and a hot cocoa bar inside with Santa and Mrs. Claus. More
than 50 family members took part in the event honoring loved ones who are
currently living at Jeanne's House and those who have passed away. The
evergreen tree, donated by Erway's Christmas Tree Adventure in Wilson, was
adorned with ornaments featuring each of the resident names, and guests were
given Jeanne's House ornaments as a memento.
at Jeanne's House is a unique unit designed specifically for residents
receiving hospice care in a long-term care setting. The unit is affectionately
named "Hospice at Jeanne's House - A Northgate and Niagara Hospice
Collaboration" after a beloved Northgate employee who utilized Hospice services
herself. It is devoted to meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs
of terminally ill residents requiring both 24-hour skilled nursing care and the
unique services that only Niagara Hospice can provide. The collaboration is the
first of its kind in New York State.