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Our current interdisciplinary Palliative and Spiritual Care team consists of dedicated part-time employees (shown, left to right): Gina Giazzoni, APRN; Jonna Goulding, MD, Medical Director, Palliative Care; Priscilla Minkin, MA, MEd, Spiritual Care Counselor; Abbey Lamos, RN.

We have all seen a loved one experiencing an emotionally distressing hospital stay or the loss of a loved one. Often, that loss is preceded by a hospital stay where assistance from a member of the palliative care team helps the patient and their family cope with suffering, pain and/or end-of-life challenges. They also provide invaluable help to the staff who care for our patients.

We want to ask for your help in expanding our palliative and spiritual care team. 

Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach to specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal of such therapy is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Spiritual care is associated with fewer aggressive interventions, lower odds of death in the ICU and higher odds of hospice use at end of life – even when compared to patients with strong spiritual support from their home house of worship. (Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, Internal Medicine).

What you helped us do in that second floor hospital room was to move beyond the grief and heartbreak, to a place where we all began to understand the deep lasting impact my mother and other family members gone before her had on shaping our lives. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for walking into that room and all you did from that point on.

~Former Patient’s Family


A hospital stay can happen any time to anyone. Emotional distress almost always accompanies hospitalization. Picture yourself or your loved ones in this situation.

We are asking you to help us by making your donation today.

I will never forget how impressed I was that the Spiritual Care Counselor was able to get the patient to open up and get to the root of his problem. She has such a way of communicating and getting to the bottom of what patients need. We had a couple of very difficult patients which took an emotional toll on the nurses who cared for them. She was a huge support to them.

~Kelly Welch, RN, ICU Clinical Nurse Coordinator


I want you to know that you helped me spiritually in the darkest hours of my life that I have ever experienced and that I am grateful you came into my life.

~Former Inpatient Psychiatry Patient


Your generous support to this year’s holiday appeal will help us expand our palliative care/spiritual care team. Together the team works with patients in distress at end of life, or with new life-threatening diagnoses.

Best Regards,

Judy Tartaglia
President and CEO

Jonna Goulding, MD
​Director of Spiritual & Palliative Care

Priscilla Minkin, MA, MEd
​Spiritual Care Counselor

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