The Home Care & Hospice Foundation was created to meet, as necessary, the gap between the agency’s income and costs, staff education, and training, equipment purchases and maintenance, facility improvements and fundraising costs, with an overall objective to provide high quality hospice and home care to every area citizen regardless of ability to pay.
The Foundation Board is made up of area citizens and staff, who study needs and opportunities, plan fundraising, and set goals and time tables for implementation of activities. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization and operates on fundraisers and donations.
April 25th, 2001
“Dreams do come true for new Home Care and Hospice Foundation of Pike County after two years.”
This was the heading for the Louisiana Press Journal’s June 20, 2001 article about the creation of the foundation.
Since that first meeting on April 25th, 2001 the foundation, with its donations, has helped over 3,000 patients and community citizens. “Donations have been used for care of indigent patients, to pay for costly medications that patients need to maintain a level of comfort in the dying process. In addition, blood transfusions needed to enhance quality of life that are not reimbursed under the Medicare benefit have been paid for through the donation account.”
Mr. Siefkas, Chairman of the board of directors, said “Now the dream continues that this area can have Hospice and Home Health services that are adequately funded and able to provide the best services to the patients regardless of ability to pay.”
Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice has a passionate staff that are all dedicated to providing the necessary care to their community. Patient care will continue to be greatly enhanced with the financial support of the foundation. – Louisiana Press Journal
Your Foundation Members
Chairman: Melaney Mathis
Vice Chairman: Sonya Gilbert
President: Rhonda Stumbaugh
Event Coordinator: Jennifer Schumacher
Home Health & Hospice Coordinator: Carolyn Orf
Hospice Program Clinical Manager: Cori Sheppard
Board Members: Kent Betts, Dorothy Brown, Art Flynn, Fern Grote, Jim Hansen, Elisha Koenig, Linda Luebrecht, Cathy Martin, Mike McCrory, Ruthie Murray, Susie Oberdahlhoff, Talley Saucier, Bill Unsell, Nellie Wamsley
Why are you passionate about the foundation, and what encouraged you to become a member of the Home Care & Hospice Foundation of Pike County?
“My mother in law. She was our families ROCK! The foundation board helps enrich & encourage the growth of the hospice program. Our family would have been lost without the compassionate care we received during her battle with Cancer.”
– Elisha Koenig, Board Member
“ I am so thankful for our agency… for all the things we do for our people in our community, especially the children with the Cookies and Cocoa with Santa, the Easter egg hunt… so many would not be able to see Santa or the Easter Bunny. We are able to meet so many patient’s needs for people on hospice or that have come home from the hospital and in need of our care. One of the main reasons i am a member of the board and try to do so much is because when I was little and growing up, my mom was raising seven kids all by herself and if it had not been for this community I am not sure where we would have ended up. We were given baskets of goodies at thanksgiving and Christmas, and given a pool membership every summer. I look back and think that there had to be someone on a board somewhere who wanted to help families like mine in need. So I am here to pass it on.”
– Sonya Gilbert, Vice Chairman
“I think Home Health and Hospice is a great thing for our community personally seen what has been done for our community members as well as my relatives just recently my cousin Mike,as well as my grandmother and father-n-law. Without this great out pour of help people of need with their love ones would be facing a harder and more difficult time. So anytime someone is there to help people in need id like to be apart of it.”
– Kent Betts, Board Member
“My first experience with Pike County Home Health & Hospice was when a dear friend was dying of cancer. When visiting her I saw first hand the wonderful care and love her and her family was receiving during this very difficult time. Such a comfort this was to me and a memory I have never forgotten. When I retired I was asked to serve on the Home Care & Hospice Foundation Board and could not think of a more worthwhile board to serve and be a part of. Since being on the board my mother required the help of Home Health and soon afterwards hospice care. She so looked forward to the caring employees of PCHH and their smiling faces. Our community is truly blessed to have this service with the dedicated and caring employees who work for PCHH.”
– Nellie Wamsley, Board Member