FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Patrick Flynn
President – Hospice Foundation
(716) 686-8262 
The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care          
225 Como Park Boulevard
Cheektowaga, NY 14227 

Minister Michael Chapman
Pastor & CEO - St. John Baptist Church
(716) 852-4504
St. John Baptist Church
184 Goodell Street
Buffalo, NY 14204

New Direction Announced for St. John Baptist Hospice Buffalo Inpatient Unit

 

Buffalo, NY May 19, 2015 - Minister Michael Chapman, Pastor and CEO of the St John Baptist Church and the Fruit Belt Community Development Corporation announced plans today for the conversion of the 8-bed St. John Baptist Hospice Buffalo Inpatient Unit at 111 Maple Avenue into a Community Health Care Clinic and Physicians Group Practice. Pastor Chapman stated, “The focus of the newly developed facility will be to meet the needs of our community and to service the growing health care needs in the area of preventive care and diseases that are specific to minorities and children.”  The unit is currently leased by Hospice Buffalo and serves hospice patients requiring acute, short-term care.

“We see this new chapter of service as a natural and responsible next step to promote better health and access to community-based health care,” notes Patricia Ahern, RN, MBA, FACHE, chief executive officer of The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Hospice Buffalo’s parent company. “We can easily accommodate hospice patients at our newly renovated Cheektowaga Inpatient Unit or at one of our partner long term care facilities in Erie County, so there will not be any loss of service.  All Hospice employees who work at St. John’s Hospice facility will be offered a position within the organization. Hospice will offer to maintain a community presence at the converted St. John facility to provide palliative [symptom-focused] care consultation services.”

To alleviate any logistical concerns that inner city hospice patients may have while being in the Cheektowaga facility, Hospice Buffalo plans to provide transportation, if needed, for families of these patients to the Mitchell Hospice Campus to visit their loved ones.             

The St. John Baptist Fruit Belt Development Corporation is working with Hospice Buffalo to negotiate the terms and conditions related to the remainder of the lease for the facility. Hospice Buffalo and St. John Baptist Church began collaborating in 2003 to address the end of life care needs of minorities who traditionally had been under served by Hospice.  Opening in 2008, the Hospice collaboration was the first of its kind in the nation and succeeded in increasing access to hospice service through a faith-based led outreach and education initiative.   

Hospice Buffalo serves more than 500 patients with serious illness and their families every day in homes, hospitals, assisted living residences, nursing homes and inpatient units. The agency was recently recognized with a “Hospice Honors” designation for providing the best patient and caregiver experience.

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Testimonials

  • "Hospice Buffalo is amazing! The in-home care and now the acute care my grandfather is receiving is the best. They are so supportive and such special people. Not only are they taking care of my sick grandfather but also taking care of us, the family, and checking in to make sure we ate too and be there for us to ask any questions. So thankful for Hospice Buffalo."
    – Ashley Marcantonio
  • “I really didn’t think anyone could help me until Home Connections became involved. Dr. Kerr visited me and gave his undivided attention, focusing on my symptoms and less on my disease. I finally feel like I will get back to normal one day. When the nurse from Home Connections came in, I felt so much relief that she was able to help communicate with all of my doctors. It’s very stressful to have to do all of that on my own. I cannot thank Home Connections enough for working to get me a new mattress. I can't believe someone would do this for me!”
    – Kim, Home Connections patient
  • It was nice to know I could finally relax and trust a group of really caring folks.
    – Nancy, Buffalo
  • "Hospice has offered me great comfort as I carry heavy grief. It is a sacred place for me; a place I still visit to visit with my Angels. Thank you Hospice for always being there for me."
    – Stacy Schwab
  • "Not coming here but if you need the care this is a great place! The staff is unreal! They show in every way they are not robots they truly care! The facility is very comforting!"
    – Joe Caulfield Sr.
  • "Shout out to Hospice Buffalo home health Team 5 who has been helping us with dad the past couple of months. They sent him a nice Veteran’s Day card with a star from an old flag. They are all so nice from his two aids, nurse, social worker, massage and music therapist, who sings and plays guitar, and even the volunteer who cut his hair along with my sister, sister-in-law and brother. It takes a village! But I know he appreciates the help and company, and being able to stay in his home. Update: Hospice continues to be kind to my dad. I know Medicare pays for expenses and that is wonderful too but the care given is great. He turned 94 on the December 3rd. Hospice brought him nice cards, a lap blanket, and his favorite chocolate cake with chocolate frosting! Thanks again!"
    – Lynda Gordon
  • "Hospice made my dad’s last days more comfortable. But more importantly, they made things easier for my mother."
    – Rick Mahoney
  • "I absolutely love Hospice! The people that help us are all amazing. I've never been able to rely on people like I do with the group that is helping us. Everyone is on top of everything. The nicest people to deal with! I can't thank them enough."
    – Debbie M. Rich
  • I wish I could personally thank each person that helped us with my dad (if you knew him when he was well, you would have enjoyed his humor and zest for life)
    – Deborah
  • "What an amazing place to trust the end-of-life care of a loved one."
    – James Kelly
  • "I've had several family and friends assisted through Hospice Buffalo. Each situation was unique to the other, but Hospice and their caring professionals were amazing in each."
    – Vickie Eberth
  • "Wonderful staff! They made the process so much easier for me and my family. I couldn’t thank them any more for taking great care of my mother. Thank you all!"
    – Sissy Driscoll
  • "Music was a very important part of my family's life. I loved my mother's smile, and music therapy made her smile, every time, all the time. The music therapist often welcomed others in the nursing home to join in, giving my mother extra socialization. I will always be grateful for the care my mother received through Hospice Buffalo and the special extras like music therapy."
    – Lisa Feldman
  • "A very attentive staff that is non- intrusive, yet extremely attentive. The staff really goes out of their way to make sure you have everything you need for this transition. My mother passed on July 23rd. The final prayer was comforting and very well spoken. I really think highly of this place because I've never seen a group of people that really tend to your loved ones so delicate. Thank you Hospice Buffalo for doing so much for my family."
    – Pubg Hero
  • "Mom lost her battle with cancer today. The beautiful people and facilities that comprise Hospice made her last days full of love and dignity. I cannot properly express what it meant to our family. I'll never forget it."
    – Rebecca Richter Bonk