A GIFT OF PEACE & COMFORT
Fred Flynn first learned about the Palliative Care Program at Greenwich Hospital in April, 2013 when his wife, Susan, was in the final stages of her three-year battle with ovarian cancer. As Susan’s health deteriorated and her pain intensified, Fred became overwhelmed trying to manage her condition on his own.
That is when he heard about Donna Coletti, MD, and her skilled Palliative Care team. Within 24 hours of his first call to Dr. Colleti, she was able to develop a treatment plan to get Susan’s pain and symptoms under control so that Susan could live out her last days peacefully in the comfort of her own home.
“The compassion and care that Donna and her team gave to my family was remarkable,” said Fred. “Donna is not just a great medical practitioner, she is an incredibly compassionate and spiritual person. She made an unbearable situation bearable.”
In honor of Susan and to ensure that the Palliative Care Program can care for other families faced with life’s most trying circumstances, in September 2013 Fred launched a matching gift campaign to raise a total of $125,000 by the end of the year. He began with an initial gift of $25,000 that provided the resources for round-the-clock weekend staffing. In addition, he pledged to match donations made to the program, up to $50,000. Over $140,000 was raised in three months. These much needed funds allowed for additional staff resources to better meet the growing need for Palliative Care services at Greenwich Hospital.