ACAC Donates Funds for New Hospice Program

Oct. 9, 2013

Hospice of the Piedmont announces that a month-long membership drive held by ACAC raised nearly $30,000 for a new pediatric end-of-life care program, Piedmont Kids.

ACAC’s month-long membership drive, called “$25 for 25 days” invited people to sign up for a 25-day trial membership during the month of September. More than 1,160 people took advantage of the membership drive, raising funds that will go directly to supporting Hospice of the Piedmont’s community-based work.

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, ACAC executives visited the Hospice of the Piedmont office and presented a check for $29,350 to benefit the Piedmont Kids program.

“I want to thank ACAC for continuing to live out their mission for the health and well-being of our community. ACAC’s gift will be used to help Hospice of the Piedmont launch Piedmont Kids, an end-of-life supportive care program for seriously ill children and their family,” said Hospice of the Piedmont CEO James Avery, M.D.

Surveys show that 70 percent of families would choose for their child to die at home if they had adequate support, but most children die in hospitals. Hospice of the Piedmont is collaborating with the UVa Pediatric Palliative Care team (inpatient) to launch Piedmont Kids. The program is built around expert, pediatric, home end-of-life care services that will enable seriously ill children to stay comfortably at home with their families.

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