Representatives of Investors Bank recently presented the Overlook Foundation with a $10,000 check, the final installment of a $50,000 pledge made to the foundation’s $2.5 million campaign to increase the endowment for palliative care. Bank officials were able to hear from the hospital’s palliative care team about how the bank’s donation is helping to bring comfort and care to hundreds of patients and their families each year. “Overlook does an amazing job helping families while they are going through a tough time,” commented Investors CEO Kevin Cummings.
In 2015, the Overlook Foundation embarked on a fundraising campaign to meet growing demand and provide these essential services to all patients and families with non-curative and life-limiting illness. Thanks in part to the generosity of Investors Bank, seriously ill patients at Overlook Medical Center and their families receive specialized palliative care from an interdisciplinary team whose focus is to relieve their physical, spiritual, and psychosocial distress. Established in 1999 by renowned cardiologist Dr. John Gregory, the program has grown from some 60 consults annually to more than 1,000 patients and families in the hospital setting, as well as nearly 150 new oncology patients in their practice.
Research has shown the positive impact of hospital-based palliative care on reducing patients’ pain and relieving caregivers’ stress. Palliative care clinicians also advocate for alignment of medical care with the individual goals of patients and their families.