VNAA Member Wins Challenge Grant
Home Health VNA in Massachusetts Receives Hospice Expansion Grant from One World Boston
Monday, April 29, 2013
by: VNAA Member Services Team

Section: VNAA Updates

John Albert of Home Health VNA and Merrimack Hospice with Margie Duggan of Cummings Properties

TO:                  All Media
FROM:            Home Health Foundation
CONTACT:      Beth Dimitruk, Communications and Grants Manager
DATE:             February 20, 2013
For Immediate Release

RE:   Merrimack Valley Hospice Announces Capital Campaign Major Grant

Lawrence MA.  Merrimack Valley Hospice announced today that the Merrimack Valley Hospice House expansion project has been awarded a $100,000 grant from One World Boston, a Cummings Foundation affiliate.  This award, which was championed by Cummings Properties employee Margie Duggan of Haverhill, and announced in the early decision round of grants awarded, is considered a challenge grant.  It is designed to encourage other foundation giving in that Merrimack Valley Hospice must match this gift from other local and regional foundations and/or corporations in order to receive the full amount awarded.

“We are thrilled to receive this very generous grant award and grateful to Margie Duggan for her support of the Merrimack Valley Hospice House” said John G. Albert, MBA, FACHE, President and CEO of Merrimack Valley Hospice.  “We are confident that other local and regional foundations will also understand the need for this expansion and support this project.”

“Because Cummings Foundation’s philanthropy is made possible, in part, through the hard work of Cummings Properties’ staff, we are delighted to support local nonprofits that are meaningful to dedicated colleagues like Margie,” said Joel Swets, Executive Director of Cumming Foundation.  “The Foundation applauds the important work being done by Merrimack Valley Hospice House and is pleased to help fund its expansion.”

The addition of the new wing expansion at the Hospice House will complete their Department of Public Health license for 21 private patient suites in total, of which two may accommodate pediatric patients.  All suites feature skylights, a private bathroom and seating and space for loved ones to visit at any time of day or night.   The wing will reflect the existing peacefulness of a home setting with patios, family gathering area, a care station and several common areas. 

Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice, and HomeCare, Inc. are the leaders in home health and hospice care.  Together, the not-for-profit organizations form a unique and comprehensive continuum of the highest quality home health and hospice care for patients and families. For more information visit

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