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KeyBank Foundation Supports Star Hospice House

From left are Shauna Anderson, president and CEO if Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care; Marty and Patty Idzik, campaign volunteers; Courtney Sinatra, VP and Relationship Manager; and Kyle Morgan, Key Private Bank VP and Wealth Advisor.

Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care has received a $50,000 contribution from KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, to its Our House Campaign to build a hospice residence in Chautauqua County.

The hospice residence, which will be located adjacent to the Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care administrative offices on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood, is expected to be operational in 2021. Each year it will provide more than 200 individuals who lack a caregiver, have complex medical conditions or can’t remain at home with a peaceful, dignified resting place in their final days.

“We at KeyBank are committed to supporting programs and organizations that are making a difference in Western New York. The Star Hospice House will have a significant impact on the Chautauqua region by helping to improve care for those with terminal illnesses and experiencing the process of grief,” said Elizabeth Gurney, executive director of the KeyBank and First Niagara Foundations. “The compassionate care offered by Hospice fills a critical need for patients with serious illnesses by providing the guidance, dignity and emotional support those patients and their families need.”

The hospice residence will be named The Star Hospice House in honor of the generosity of Stanley and Elizabeth Star, long-time residents of Chautauqua County.

“We are grateful to KeyBank and the First Niagara Foundation for their support of The Star Hospice House,” said Shauna Anderson, Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care president and CEO. “The Star Hospice House is taking shape to bring dignity and comfort to so many of our residents and KeyBank’s partnership is vital to its success.”

The Our House Campaign has raised $2.3 million. Due to pandemic-related cost increases associated with the construction, the campaign is being extended through the summer. The campaign is being guided by Bert and Mary Rappole, campaign co-chairs who have a long and deep commitment to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care’s mission.

The mission of Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care is to provide comprehensive palliative/end-of-life care and education. Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care provides hospice care for patients and families facing life-limiting terminal illness, palliative care for those with serious chronic illness, and bereavement support to individuals, families and organizations who have suffered the loss of a loved one. To donate to the Our House Campaign, learn more about the hospice house or the mission of Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, visit www. www.chpc.care or call 338-0033.

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