MI Honors Merrimack Valley Hospice with the 2017 Pilgrimage of Love Award
LAWRENCE, MA (November 9, 2017) – Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services (MI) presented Merrimack Valley Hospice with the 2017 St. Marguerite d’Youville Pilgrimage of Love Award at the annual MI Pilgrimage of Love Dinner.
Named for the founder of the Grey Nuns, St. Marguerite d’Youville, this award honors an organization that is leading the way in the journey of love and service while giving far more to the community than it receives. This year’s event united more than 200 members of the community who came together in celebration at DiBurro’s of Haverhill.
“Merrimack Valley Hospice exemplifies everything that this award intends to honor – compassion, integrity, collaboration and excellence,” said Jeanne Leydon, MIHCS president and CEO. “Our organizations share a commitment to love and service and it was truly a privilege to bring the community together to celebrate their journey while also honoring the founders of Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services.”
Rev. Rosemary Lloyd, Advisor to Faith-Based Communities at The Conversation Project, was the keynote speaker. She encouraged everyone to embrace the reality of our mortality by discussing end of life wishes in advance of life-limiting illnesses so that time can be spent with loved ones instead of working through details.
Following the keynote address, Stephen Janavicus, President of the Friends of Merrimack Valley Hospice, member of the Mary Immaculate Guild and owner of Flowers by Steve, presented the tribute to Merrimack Valley Hospice. He reflected on Merrimack Valley Hospice’s compassion and grace during the end of life, “This specialized team helps to meet the needs of patients by properly managing symptoms and focusing on quality of life, so that patients have the time to strengthen their relationships and create special moments with loved ones.”
“It’s truly humbling to be recognized by Mary Immaculate. They are a good friend and partner with the agencies of Home Health Foundation – a relationship I truly value,” said Karen Gomes, President and CEO of Home Health Foundation, accepting the award on behalf of the staff and volunteers of Merrimack Valley Hospice. “Today, although the services of Merrimack Valley Hospice have expanded to include the care of patients with highly complex medical conditions, and the opening and expansion of High Pointe House, the hospice and palliative care residence of Merrimack Valley Hospice, its’ mission and values remain the same – to care for and support patients of all ages as they face advanced illness and transition on their journey toward end of life.”
The Pilgrimage of Love Dinner is made possible through the generous support of members of the community. Event sponsors included Enterprise Bank, Callahan Air Conditioning and Heating, Fazioli Charitable Foundation and Joyce Coady.
Donations to Mary Immaculate are welcome. Please contact Joanne Sheehan at 978-620-1402.
(l to r) Stephen Janavicus, President of the Friends of Merrimack Valley Hospice Board, a member of Mary Immaculate’s Guild and owner of Flowers by Steve; Karen Gomes, President of the Home Health Foundation; Jeanne Leydon, president/ceo of Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services; Julie Conway, Interim Vice President, Merrimack Valley Hospice; Rev. Rosemary Lloyd, keynote speaker from The Conversation Project
Gerard J. Foley, Esq., Senior Vice President and President of Post Acute Care for Covenant Health with representatives from Enterprise Bank, an event sponsor of the Pilgrimage of Love Dinner