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Community Hospice Holds Ribbon-Cutting

The Westwood-based organization offers free care to patients who are beyond medical treatment.

Residents, officials and clergy gathered outside the Tuesday to celebrate the official opening of the .

The nonprofit group was started in 2007 by Patricia Hutzelman, Alan Israel, Donna Bott and Wendy Megerman after the Pascack Valley Hospital closed. During the following years, the group raised $500,000 to provide free hospice care and were .

The hospice officially received a Medicare number Wednesday, meaning they will be able to reimbursed for some services while still not charging patients. Until now, the group has only been able to care for a limited number of patients, but they will be able to help a larger number of people, Bott said.

The group's co-founders thanked local residents and officials for their support Tuesday.

"You have encouraged, supported and trusted us and we promise you to deliver quality end of life care, providing dignity and respect to you and your loved ones," Bott said.

Bott also thanked Pastor Tom Korkuch, who donated office space to the group at the Methodist Church.

"We gave some space, but they're the ones who gave their hearts and their time to people who are nearing end of life," Korkuch said.

rozette May 02, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Where is it located what is the exact address?
James Leggate May 02, 2012 at 12:41 PM
105 Fairview Ave.
Cristine Smith September 29, 2012 at 02:21 PM
My father was recently placed under the care of Hospice of Bergen County. My father is someone who has never had a trust of doctors, hospitals or prescribed medications. He has always managed his own care and made his own decisions. I would say he could be labeled stubborn or non conforming, but that is his right. My concern with Hospice is that my father does not want to take the "comfort meds" that have been placed in his home. Although he was told that he did not have to take any medication that he didn't want, he keeps asking when the hospice nurse is going to take them away. He is aware that the prescription is being refilled and the syringes with medication are being used. I am a very strong patient advocate and whether my father's fear of medication is real or imaginery he has said ... "NO". American Journal of Nursing has a simple list called " A Dying Patient's Bill of Rights". A patient has the right to make decisions that concern their care. A patient has the right to not be deceived. The patient has the right to die with dignity knowing that these rights are being met. Individualzed patient care is important and the standard hospice "comfort meds" may not apply to all patients. My father would benefit from not having the anxiety of having these meds in his house. Would not a simple "discontinue" order resolve this issue? Remove the meds. As the situation changes, perhaps the "comfort meds" will be requested.

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