Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - GH Receives $1 Million Gift in Support of Palliative Care


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Stephen and Betsy Corman have made a $1 million gift to Greenwich Hospital to help fund its palliative care program. Shown at the garden located next to the Hospital’s Bendheim Cancer Center are, from left Stephen and Betsy Corman; Donna Coletti, MD, leader of the palliative care program; and Frank A. Corvino, president and CEO of Greenwich Hospital.

Greenwich Hospital Receives $1 Million Dollar Gift in Support of Palliative Care
Stamford couple provides major gift in support of improved quality of life for patients with chronic illness.

(Greenwich, Connecticut) April 3, 2012 - Betsy and Stephen Corman, of Stamford, CT have committed to a gift of $1 million to the Greenwich Hospital Foundation to help fund the Palliative Care Program at Greenwich Hospital. Palliative care provides proven and effective treatment to relieve and prevent the suffering of patients of any age who live with serious and chronic illnesses.

Retired employees of IBM Corporation, Mr. and Mrs. Corman are volunteers and donors to Greenwich Hospital. They were inspired to make this gift as a result of their long-term relationship with the Hospital and their admiration for the work being done by Donna Coletti, MD, and her multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains who make up the Palliative Care program there.
“We wanted to give to an organization and a program that we both believed in and wanted to see grow,” said Mrs. Corman. “Both Stephen and I feel very strongly that palliative care should be an essential part of a hospital’s mission and to provide this care to all who need it. Greenwich Hospital does a great job with limited resources, and we want to encourage the program’s growth and access.”

The need for the program is great according to many sources including studies recently conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Open Society Institute. “It comes down to a quality of life issue for patients,” said Dr. Coletti. ”All too often, palliative care is not readily provided to patients who need it. Medical research has shown the importance of this kind of care – and the growing need for it. Unfortunately, the studies also indicate that too many people don’t have access to it. This gift inspires and enables us to take our program to a new level.”

In order to raise awareness and to build additional community support for the program, The Greenwich Hospital Foundation plans to use the Cormans’ generous contribution as seed money to launch a campaign aimed at attracting additional funds from individuals and foundations.

“The Cormans’ remarkable generosity will have a direct impact on our hospital’s ability to improve the quality of life for our patients affected by serious illness,” said Greenwich Hospital President and CEO, Frank A. Corvino. “The goal of palliative care is to maximize a patient’s comfort, while at the same time providing appropriate medical treatment. This gift provides us an opportunity to expand and enhance the care we offer and to provide it to more of our patients who need it.”

Learn more about the Palliative Care Program at Greenwich Hospital >>