SERVING FORBES REGIONAL HOSPITAL & FORBES HOSPICE
ReDiscover Forbes Volunteers Important
Forbes Regional Hospital
recently launched “ReDis-
cover Forbes,” an initiative
designed to let our neigh-
To Home Respite Care
bors in the eastern suburbs
know about the high level More than 65 million people, al-
of care and services that most a third of the U.S. popula-
Forbes offers. Forbes has tion, provide care for chronically
B.J. Leber been caring for patients ill, disabled or aged family mem-
since 1979 and has grown bers each year, according to the
to meet the needs of the eastern suburbs with National Family Caregivers Asso-
advanced services provided by an experienced ciation (NFCA). The value of
medical staff in a compassionate and caring the caregiving services that fam-
community setting. ily members provide “free” is esti-
mated at $375 billion a year
Forbes launched a magazine for the commu- (NFCA 2011).
nity this spring as part of the ReDiscover
Forbes initiative. It will provide information Easing the caregiver burden is an
to area residents on the hospital’s programs integral part of the Forbes Hos-
and services, such as its accredited Stroke pice Respite Care Program.
Center, the Ed Dardanell Heart & Vascular Traditionally, under the hospice
Center, the Women’s and Infants’ Care Cen- benefit, people are eligible for
ter, and the Breast Care Coordinator who five-day respite stays in a hospice
helps patients with a breast cancer diagnosis inpatient unit or contracted
Hospice Volunteers from left: Lois Toman, Esther Gass and Esther Ryan
to coordinate tests, understand results, and care facility.
A unique part of the Forbes Hospice program is its home respite program, which is
Forbes recently launched a monthly lecture supported by the fundraising efforts of the Friends of Forbes Hospice and others who
series on a variety of health topics which is donate to it. From this fund, Forbes Hospice employs paid caregivers to provide up to
open to patients and community residents. 48 hours of relief to families in the home. Last year, Forbes Hospice families used
The hospital participates in community 1,989 hours of in-home respite care, valued at more than $40,000.
events and is a community partner with the
Monroeville Chamber of Commerce and the Whenever possible, Forbes Hospice volunteers also support families and patients in
Monroeville Rotary. the home. In-home respite care is designed to give the caregiver some time away
from the intense experience of caring for a loved one. Caregivers need time to run
Thanks to our generous donors, the Forbes errands, go shopping, go to doctor appointments and handle employment issues,
Health Foundation has been able to support the among other things. Sometimes they just need time alone to refuel their energy and
hospital’s growth over the years by helping to recharge their spirits. Whatever the need, respite care is a valuable component of the
fund new equipment, renovations and services. hospice program.
Most recently, we supported the expansion of
the Gerald McGinnis Emergency Department, Esther Ryan, a relatively new hospice volunteer, says she enjoys the role and looks
which is one of the busiest in the region, log- forward to visiting more patients in their homes. “I feel that I get more than I give,”
ging more than 44,000 visits annually. she says. She sits and talks with patients, helps them with simple tasks as needed, but
We invite you to “ReDiscover” the great most importantly, listens – to patients and their caregivers.
physicians, services and programs of Forbes
Regional Hospital. Patients may feel comfortable telling respite volunteers things that they can’t discuss
with their family caregivers. One recent patient talked to Esther about the sadness
that comes with having to let go of things she used to be able to do – to losing her
independence. “You learn so many lessons in life that you would never learn any-
where else,” Esther says.
Vice President, WPAHS Fund Development
Acting President and Chief Executive Officer
Forbes Health Foundation continued on pg. 2
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Meet the Most often, the tasks volunteers perform in the home are not physically difficult.
They are another set of ears and eyes. “I held her glass while she took a drink, dialed
Forbes Health the phone for her, adjusted her chair – simple things,” Esther says.
Foundation Board Esther was hesitant at first to visit patients at home and eased into the initial visits
by meeting the social worker or nurse at the patients’ homes to make the introduc-
Ed Little has been a tion and provide support. “There’s always someone to go in with you,” she says.
member of the “That made it so much easier. And Shelby [Shelby Anderson, Director, Volunteer
Forbes Health Services] always is available to answer questions.”
since 2003 and was Lois Toman, who has been a volunteer at Forbes Hospice for three years, also enjoys
elected board chair providing respite care in the home. “I’m able to draw out how the caregiver and pa-
three years ago. He tient are doing,” she says. “They often talk to me about topics they can’t discuss with
first joined the each other. One patient wanted to talk about end-of-life issues but just couldn’t talk
Ed Little board after being to his daughter about them,” Lois says. “His daughter hadn’t known how to broach
invited by the the topic with him.”
Forbes Health Foundation’s former
president and CEO. In-home volunteers also support the hospice team by making them aware of pa-
“I had ties to Forbes Hospital be- tient/caregiver issues. “We’re there more often, so we can see things that might oth-
cause my son was born there and my erwise be missed,” Lois says. “Input of the volunteer at critical points is important. I
dad passed away there,” Ed said. “I feel so honored to be part of someone’s life at the end. The fact that I can be there
also know a lot of the employees and help the family is so special. I am happy to be part of Forbes Hospice.”
since I live and work in this area.”
Ed owns Ed Little’s Monroeville Theresa Panucci from Brookline, who has volunteered at Forbes Hospice for 11
Chrysler Jeep dealership, which he years, sees her role in the home as primarily to assist and support the caregiver – to
opened in 1987, and County Line give them some relief. “I feel so honored that these families and patients allow me to
Collision, a car repair service on the come into their homes at this most difficult time,” she says. “I love doing this.”
lines, that he opened in 1992. She prefers home visits to volunteering on the unit. “I prefer home visits because
they are more personalized and you build a relationship with the family.” Her visits
Serving on the board has increased allow the caregiver to run errands, visit other family members or friends, or to do
his sense of community involve- something as simple as take a nap without worrying about the patient.
ment. “I have enjoyed helping the
hospital to expand,” he said point- Theresa cared for both of her parents for many years before they died, so caregiving
ing to the Gerald McGinnis Emer- comes naturally to her. “I always feel comfortable in patients’ homes.” To ensure that
gency Room, the Women’s and the visit will get off to a smooth start, she has an initial phone conversation with the
Infants’ Care Center, and the Ed caregiver to familiarize the family with Forbes Hospice services. “That first conversa-
Dardanell Heart and Vascular Cen- tion with a family member is crucial,” she says. And the family members most often
ter. “I also enjoy the camaraderie of introduce her to the patients – another strategy to make the patients feel comfortable.
working with the board.”
Ed is a strong advocate for commu- Esther Gass is another fairly new Forbes Hospice volunteer. A nurse for the past 50
nity hospitals. “People are more years, Esther said she feels very comfortable with dying and hospice. Esther, who
comfortable going to their commu- works part time for the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, says she
nity hospital for care,” he said. enjoys her volunteer role and likes to visit with patients in the home.
“Forbes will always be this commu-
nity’s hospital.” He also believes it is “When you visit with a patient and family in their home setting, you get to know
the hospital’s responsibility to pro- them in their own surroundings,” Esther says. “Family photos and things seen in a
vide compassionate care to those in person's home can lead to wonderful conversations. Those times often lead to shar-
the community who can’t afford it. ing the concerns that illness brings, such as loss of independence, family concerns
and grieving. It's a blessing to me to be able to share in the lives of the hospice pa-
Ed and his wife Debbie live in Mur- tients and their families.”
rysville and have two children, Jen-
nifer, 23, and Christopher, 18. He is She brings an added dimension to her visits by playing a bowed psaltery, which is a
a member of the Monroeville Cham- stringed instrument held in the lap and played with a bow. She discovered that she
ber of Commerce and was appointed knew the daughter of a hospice patient she currently is visiting. “It’s been wonderful.
by Governor Ed Rendell to the De- We talk, share recipes, and share memories,” she says. “Sometimes I play my bowed
partment of State Licensing Board psaltery and we sing the old hymns. There is such joy in making a difference.”
for Vehicle Sales and Manufacturing.
He also serves as the treasurer of the “I am so grateful for all that our volunteers do,” Shelby says. “They are such a valu-
Epilepsy Foundation of Southwestern able part of our programs.” If you are interested in learning more about volunteering
and Central Pennsylvania. at Forbes Hospice or would like to make a donation to the Forbes Hospice Respite
Looking to the future, Ed said he is Care Fund, please contact Shelby at 412.325.7200.
excited about starting some new
projects for the Foundation. “I am
ready to go out to tell the hospital’s
story to community leaders and ask
for their support.”
2 Spring • 2011
WPAHS Golf Classic Scheduled for May 23 Gloria Kasey
The West Penn Allegheny Health System Golf Classic and Mercedes-Benz Dealer Lecture Addressed
Championships will be held May 23 at the Pittsburgh Field Club in Fox Chapel
and will offer two different ways to enjoy the game. What Physicians
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz Dealer Championships (play your own ball) will be held to Learn from Patients
benefit the patients of West Penn Allegheny Health System. The morning session Laurel Milberg, PhD, was the featured
will be limited to the first 72 players registered. The shotgun start is at 7:45 a.m. speaker at the Gloria Kasey, MD, Lec-
The prize for the first hole-in-one on the designated hole will be a 2011 Mercedes- ture Series on March 31. Dr. Milberg is
Benz E350 Cabriolet (base model). All players will receive an exclusive Nike golf the former (retired) Director of Behav-
tee gift package. The two-person winning team will ioral Science and Education for the
move on to the Mercedes-Benz Western Sectional Tour- Forbes Family Residency Program. She
currently holds the position of Clinical
nament in Scottsdale, Az. The sectional winners in Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Scottsdale will be invited to participate in the National at the University of Pittsburgh School
Final in Augusta, Ga. of Medicine.
The afternoon session will be the Golf Classic shotgun
scramble. The afternoon golfers will tee off at 1:30 p.m. Her lecture, “What Doctors Learn from
and have their own share of skill competitions and prizes. their Patients: Lessons Learned from 30
To register or for more information, call 412.578.4427 Years of Residency Training,” provided a
snapshot of Dr. Milberg’s experiences over
her three-decade career in family medicine.
The lecture series was established in
March 2007 to honor the memory of Dr.
Hospice has Special Place Kasey, a graduate of the Forbes Family
Medicine Residency Program and re-
in Donor’s Heart spected member of the Forbes medical
staff who died in December 2005. Dr.
Fran Caplan's first experience with Kasey was an inspiration to many, and
Forbes Hospice came when a dear the program was created by fellow physi-
friend used their services. She was cians at Forbes to ensure that her brand
so impressed with the level of care of medicine—personal, invested, com-
and compassion that Forbes Hos- passionate, and enthusiastic—continues.
pice provided that when it came
time for Fran and her sister to
choose a caregiver for their mother, Employee Campaign
it was no question that Forbes Hos-
pice was the best choice. Kick Off A Success
Fran's mother, Geraldine Geraldine Browarsky (center) pictured with daughters The 2011 Employee Campaign kicked
Browarsky, was introduced to Lynne Siegel (left) and Fran Caplan (right). off on March 14th with Nickel
hospice care in her home in April Sundae Monday. The event raised more
2008. She had battled breast cancer for 30 years and bone cancer for the last than $100 for the campaign. The first
20 years. Fran said that she and her family were able to feel at peace knowing week of the campaign raised over
that their mother was in good hands. Although Geraldine was only under hos- $12,000 for the Foundation.
pice care for one week, Fran said, "When we needed them they were incredible.
Forbes Hospice is such a great place and the services are so needed. Their staff
Since her mother Geraldine died in 2008, Fran and her family have been consis-
tent donors. In 2010, an engraved leaf was added to the Tree of Life in her
honor, thanks to contributions from Fran, her sister Lynne, friends and family.
The Tree of Life is displayed in the Forbes Hospice inpatient unit.
Helping to serve the sundaes to employees were, from
Fran has been a donor since 2004 and said she will continue to donate in her left, Vikki Newton, Campaign Co-Chair Beth Griffith,
mother’s memory so that others can receive the outstanding care that she and B.J. Leber, Emily Feth, and Lynne Struble.
her mother received two years ago. Fran also gives to Forbes Hospice in honor of
birthdays, graduations and other joyous occasions. She uses opportunities like
these to give back to others. "My family and friends have everything they need
and Forbes Health Foundation has made it so easy for me to donate." Healthy Roots
Philanthropy has always been an important part of Fran’s life and she has been Healthy Roots is published by
involved with a number of causes to help the elderly, as well as women and chil- Forbes Health Foundation,
dren in need. Her giving spirit has touched the younger generation by inspiring whose mission is to raise funds to
her granddaughter, Ellie Fleischer, who is eight years old, to raise money to pro- advance quality healthcare at
vide clothes, crafts and other items to a local women's shelter. Fran said she con- Forbes Regional Hospital and
tinues to give her time to others and to give back to well-deserving organizations Forbes Hospice.
like Forbes Hospice. For more information, please call
Spring • 2011 3
Board of Directors
Chairman: HEALTH FOUNDATION
Edward Little WEST PENN ALLEGHENY HEALTH SYSTEM
2570 Haymaker Road
Monroeville, PA 15146
Michael H. Culig, MD
John D. Finnegan
LaDonna H. Fuge, MD,
James S. Hamilton
Christopher T. Olivia, MD
Parminder K. Sharma, MD
Forbes Health Foundation Calendar of Events
Advisory Board: May 2011
April 2011 WPAHS Golf Classic, May 23, Pittsburgh Field Club
Edward L. Dardanell
Mother’s Day Morning (7:45 a.m.): Shotgun Start
Gerald E. McGinnis Father’s Day Mercedes-Benz Dealer Championships
H. Campbell Stuckeman Tribute Tree Appeal Afternoon Scramble (1:30 p.m.): Shotgun Start
For information, call 412.578.4427
Forbes Physicians Honored with a
Special Breakfast on Doctors’ Day
The Forbes Health Foundation held a breakfast in honor of Forbes Regional Hospital physicians on March 30 to
celebrate National Doctors’ Day and thank our doctors for their compassion and commitment to their patients.
Forbes’ own Chef Greg Fried staffed an omelet bar, where he made each doctor the omelet of his or her
request. Each physician in attendance received a red carnation boutonniere/corsage, which is the official
flower of Doctors’ Day.
Doctors’ Day dates back to March 30, 1933, when Eudora Brown Almond of Winder, Ga. who was mar-
ried to a doctor, set a day to honor physicians. The day marks the anniversary of the first use of anesthesia
in surgery. In 1990, Congress approved legislation establishing National Doctors’ Day. President George
Bush signed the resolution into law. The first National Doctors’ Day was celebrated in 1991.
Poinsettias Program a Success
Thanks to our kind and generous donors, 202 Forbes patients received poinsettias in December. Former patients and families
responded generously to a letter the Foundation sent in late November requesting donations, allowing staff to purchase the
poinsettias. Many of those who donated had received a poinsettia when they were hospitalized here. Thank you for making
the holidays a little brighter for our patients.
4 Spring • 2011 healthy roots