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Grant enables Hospice Care expansion

A grant of $195,000 is enabling the Hospice Care Network to reach out further to the Asian and Hispanic communities of Queens, which typically are not as likely to utilize such services.
“Hospice Care Network is a wonderful organization that can be utilized for end-of-life care,” said Dr. Cynthia X. Pan, the Medical Director of Hospice Care Network Queens in Fresh Meadows and Director of the network’s Diversity Institute.
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation awarded the grant in October of 2007. The funds were directed to “Improving Access to Culturally Sensitive End-of-Life Care for Elderly Asian and Hispanic Residents of Queens,” and began this past January.
Hospice Care Network President and CEO Maureen Hinkelman said that the grant would enable the organization to increase the amount of services provided to the Asian and Hispanic communities in Queens while also improving the quality.
“Our major goal is to increase utilization of hospice care by elderly Asian and Hispanic people in Queens,” Hinkelman said.
Pan said that they are also looking for volunteers from those specific communities.
For more information on Hospice Care Network, which also serves Nassau and Suffolk Counties, visit www.hospicecarenetwork.org. To find out about volunteering opportunities, contact Volunteer Coordinator Robin Moreno at 718-939-2273.

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