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Meals On Wheels, Subaru team up to give holiday gifts to people in need

Friday, December 15, 2017

(Courtesy of WROC 8 Rochester, story ran 12/14/17.) By: Emily Noonan

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Meals On Wheels has served millions of meals to thousands of people for nearly 60 years. Every day throughout the month of December, the program gives away a holiday gift bag to participants in the most need. "It’s just a really nice thing and warms the participant’s heart,” Margaret Schweitzer, director of Meals On Wheels, says. About 350 'warmest wishes' gift bags containing toiletries, placemats, winter gear, and activities are delivered across Monroe County. The bags are put together by Meals On Wheels, Doyle Chevrolet Subaru, and generous donors. “Most of them (Meals On Wheels participants) are homebound, they have difficult time getting out so we will be going to their house," Schweitzer says. "Doyle will be going to door to door. On Thursday, Jason DeMocker with Doyle Subaru in Webster stepped in to make nearly 20 different stops. After six years, he says it’s become a family tradition. "It’s awesome to go out and see the people and see how excited they get when they get something,” DeMocker says. Joseph Reed, a Meals On Wheels participant, has been hesitant to get back out since he suffered a bad fall off his porch. "It’s hard for me to get out because I’m on a walker, so it’s hard for me to get around,” Reed says. He says it's nice knowing there is someone out there who cares. To volunteer with Meals On Wheels, you can call 585-787-TEAM (8326). Through Jan. 2, Subaru will donate $250 to Meals On Wheels for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased.

Meals On Wheels Giving Holiday Gifts to Neediest Participants Delivered by Doyle Chevrolet Subaru

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Meals On Wheels gave 350 Warmest Wishes holiday gift bags to some of its neediest meal recipients on Thursday, December 14. These bags contain toiletries, tissues, homemade placemats, and other practical items, and convey to Meals On Wheels participants that they are not forgotten during the holiday season. This delivery is also part of Subaru’s Share the Love Event. The Warmest Wishes gift bags are made possible by Meals On Wheels, Doyle Chevrolet Subaru, and generous donors. During this year's Share the Love event, taking place from November 16, 2017 to January 2, 2018, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the customer's choice of the four national charities with a minimum guarantee of $250,000. Participating Subaru retailers can select one or two hometown charities from their local community in which customers can direct their support. This year, more than 660 local charitable organizations are participating in the Subaru Share the Love event. With some retailers adding their own donations to the hometown charities, total donations by Subaru and its participating retailers are expected to exceed previous years. At the culmination of this year, Subaru hopes to exceed a grand total of $115 million donated since the creation of Share the Love to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the event.

Finger Lakes Morning News December 2017 Appearance - Bereavement Support

Monday, December 11, 2017

Jan DiDuro speaks about bereavement support and how to cope with grief during the holiday season.

WYSL 92.1/1040 AM Meals On Wheels Radio Appearance December 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Margaret Schweizer and Matthew Futter appeared on Seniors Rock!, a local radio program focused on seniors in the community and the services available for them. Margaret and Matthew spoke about Meals On Wheels and what URMHC can provide.

Finger Lakes Morning News October 2017 Appearance - Physical Therapy Month

Monday, October 9, 2017

Cindy Lorenzetti talks about Physical Therapy month, and the role of a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Finger Lakes Morning News September 2017 Appearance- Fall Events

Monday, September 11, 2017

Margarat Wiant and Matthew Futter discuss upcoming fall events at UR Medicine Home Care and our new website.

Ontario-Yates Hospice Hosts Memorial Butterfly Release

Friday, August 4, 2017

Keuka Park, NY— On Sunday, September 10, 2017, Ontario-Yates Hospice, a program of UR Medicine Home Care, will be celebrating life and paying tribute to loved ones who have passed away at our annual memorial butterfly release. The release will take place at 2:00 p.m. at Keuka College’s Norton Chapel and lawn.

Please join the Honorary event chair Corinne Stork and Master of Ceremonies Michael Healy in sending magnificent butterflies skyward in a symbolic gesture of the cycle of life, birth, transition, healing and renewal. As our butterflies soar away, so too will our well wishes and prayers. This unique program will include inspirational readings, live music and the reading of names of loved ones being remembered.

Each year a guest artist is commissioned to create the artwork used to promote the event and keepsake. This year Sarah Berg painted a beautiful butterfly using the blues and yellows tied to our agencies colors.

To register online, go to event.urmc.edu/wingsofhope

For more information, contact Jan DiDuro at jdiduro@vnsnet.com or call (315) 759-8225.

Finger Lakes Morning News July 2017 Appearance - Funds Staying In The Community

Monday, July 10, 2017

Our own Amy Gush speaks about Hospice and how funds are put to use in the community.

Meals On Wheels Raises $24,709.62 for Share The Love Event

Friday, June 30, 2017

Meals On Wheels received $24,709.62 from the 2016-17 Subaru Share the Love event. Meals On Wheels partnered with Doyle Subaru in Webster, NY to be the hometown charity of choice. Meals On Wheels was selected as the charity of choice through Doyle Subaru. All home town charities were eligible to receive a half share of the national campaign if the organization completed at least four activities directly for the local retailer as a result of being selected as a home town charity. Meals On Wheels received $3,046.76 because of that. Also, we received a check for $21,662.86 for being selected as a home town charity. All this money goes directly back into the program to help to feed hungry seniors in Monroe County. The Subaru Share the Love event runs around the holidays in November, December and January every year. When you purchase a Subaru, you can designate a portion of the sale to go directly to one of their selected charities.

UR Medicine Home Care and Local Boy Scouts Honor Flag Day

Thursday, June 15, 2017

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, UR Medicine Home Care and the Boy Scouts from Troop 240 out of Greece, NY  raised a new American flag in honor of Flag Day at our Webster office. As per a request from one of our employees, we replaced the old flag with a brand new one to honor Flag Day. We had several Eagle Scouts from Troop 240 carrying out the formal process of replacing the flag. Employees, local community members, and veterans gathered as UR Medicine Home Care is part of the We Honor Veterans program, which invites hospices, state hospice organizations, Hospice-Veteran Partnerships and VA facilities to be part of a program that focuses on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment. By recognizing the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families, community providers, in partnership with VA staff, will learn how to accompany and guide them through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending.

Finger Lakes Morning News June 2017 Appearance - Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

Monday, June 12, 2017

UR Medicine Home Care's VP of Clinical Operations Mark Fiorini speaks about Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month.

Meals On Wheels Recognizes Volunteers at Milestone Luncheon

Friday, June 9, 2017

Meals On Wheels held their annual Volunteer Milestone Luncheon on June 6th at Brook-Lea Country Club at 891 Pixley Rd., Rochester, 14624. Each year, Meals On Wheels recognizes all their volunteers from clerical to Adopt-A-Route groups to the captains and our coordinators who help schedule volunteers to cover routes. Jane Shukitis, President and CEO of UR Medicine Home Care, spoke along with many other guest speakers. We honored two Adopt-A-Route groups for 25 years of service. They were Woods Oviatt Gilman LLC and Logical Operations. These were the 1st and 2nd Adopt-A-Route groups that joined Meals On Wheels. The coordinator for Woods Oviatt Gilman LLC has been the coordinator for all 25 years! 84 Meals On Wheels and clerical volunteers along with 13 Adopt-A-Route groups were recognized. The individual volunteers being recognized had given 965 years of service and the Adopt-A-Route groups had given 180 years of service for a total of 1,145 years.

UR Medicine Home Care Wins Operational Excellence Highest Award

Monday, May 22, 2017

Rochester, NY—On Thursday, May 11, 2017, UR Medicine Home Care was the proud winner of the George K. Hansen Exemplar Platinum Award for Operations Excellence at the 11th Annual Greater Rochester Quality Council Showcase and Performance Excellence Awards. GRQC is a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate. The George K. Hansen Exemplar Award is the highest level of achievement, and is only given when an organization demonstrates exceptional excellence, organizational-wide commitment, and strong dedication to sustained continuous improvement. UR Medicine Home Care received this award for their transformational work to restructure and improve operational efficiencies using LEAN process improvement techniques. The GRQC Performance Excellence Awards celebrate the many quality initiatives and achievements across the community. To be a candidate, an organization puts in a self-nomination in one of three categories: Operations Excellence, Customer Excellence and Team Excellence. A team of judges then visits the site to observe the use of Lean Six Sigma thinking and tools, hear from leadership, people involved in the continued process improvement and to see the results. The goal of the awards ceremony is to discover, recognize and help others learn. About Greater Rochester Quality Council Greater Rochester Quality Council is a membership organization that teaches leaders in the business, health care, education, not for profit, and government sectors to improve organizational performance through training, program presentations, and networking. The organization delivers value to members through collaboration and demonstration of proven quality improvement methods. Visit www.GRQC.org to learn more.

MassMutual New York State Raises Funds for Children’s Bereavement Camp

Friday, May 5, 2017

Rochester, NY—On Thursday, May 4, 2017, MassMutual New York State presented a check to UR Medicine Home Care in the amount of $5,200 as part of a fundraising effort in which a portion was raised by staff and the rest a company match program for Camp Heartstrings/Camp Dreams. Camp Heartstrings / Camp Dreams is a free summer camp for children who are adjusting to the death of a love one. MassMutual New York State is dedicated to the local community and to the area as they span a territory covering the Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse regions. “A commitment to service and community outreach is a one of the pillars of our organization” states Joe DiLeo, CEO of MassMutual New York State. Kristina Watkins, COO of MassMutual New York State-Rochester said that “we decided that our annual recognition dinner was a perfect venue to raise funds for a local organization that we felt strongly about. The fact that we could support local children who have been impacted by tragedy was an important factor in making the decision to support Camp Heartstrings / Camp Dreams. We are pleased to be able to create an opportunity for a child who may not otherwise be able to participate in this wonderful program.” Camp Heartstrings / Camp Dreams is presented by UR Medicine Home Care, Dreams from Drake, Pittsford Youth Services and St. John Fisher College. It is available to children entering grades 2-11 in September 2017. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited. It will run from Wednesday, July 12 to Friday, July 14, 2017 from 1:00 to 5:30pm daily on the campus of St. John Fisher College. For more information, please call Michele Allman, LMSW at (585) 274-4069.

MVP Health Care Donates $7,500 to Meals On Wheels

Monday, May 1, 2017

Rochester, NY—On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Jacqueline Marciniak, Associate Director of Community Engagement for MVP Health Care, presented a check for $7,500 to our Meals On Wheels program. MVP Health Care has been a longtime supporter of our Meals On Wheels program. In previous years, they sponsored wrapping our Meals On Wheels vans. The $7,500 will be put directly into the program to help feed our hungry seniors who may not be able to receive our meals.

Finger Lakes Morning News April 2017 Appearance - Stroke Awareness Month

Monday, April 10, 2017

UR Medicine Home Care's Chief Quality & Innovation Office Denise Burgen talks about Stroke Awareness Month and all the exciting things happening!

Mayor Lovely Warren, Local Officials to Deliver for Meals On Wheels

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Rochester, NY—On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 between 11:15 am and 12:30 pm, Mayor Lovely Warren will be delivering meals to several participants in the Meals On Wheels program. This coincides with the March for Meals campaign taking place on a national level. Mayor Warren will be loading up some meals at 50 Prince St., Rochester, NY 14607 location. Please use the College Ave. parking lot. Enter the main door at the corner of the building near the handicap parking spots (not the blood donation door with the awning.) Throughout the month of March, several elected officials, including Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Assemblyman Mark Johns, have helped deliver meals. March for Meals is a national campaign during the month of March that raises awareness of senior hunger and the efforts of local communities’ Meals On Wheels programs to combat it. Each year, UR Medicine Home Care’s Meals On Wheels program delivers 250,000 delicious and nutritious meals to vulnerable Monroe County residents, and a safety check accompanies every delivery. Recipients say these efforts enable them to remain independent. 96 percent say the meals enable them to stay in their own homes and 99 percent say they would recommend Meals On Wheels to others.

Finger Lakes Morning News March 2017 Appearance - Patient Safety Awareness Week

Monday, March 13, 2017

UR Medicine Home Care's Grady Slack talks about patient safety during National Patient Safety Awareness Week.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo Delivers for Meals On Wheels

Monday, March 13, 2017

Rochester, NY—On Monday, March 13 2017 between 12 pm to 1 pm, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinoflo and her team helped deliver meals to several participants of the Meals On Wheels program. This coincides with the March for Meals campaign taking place on a national level. All throughout the month, elected officials will be delivering meals, restaurants like UNO’s Pizzeria & Grill and Famous Dave’s will be donating money, and other fundraising opportunities will be taking place. March for Meals is a national campaign during the month of March that raises awareness of senior hunger and the efforts of local communities’ Meals On Wheels programs to combat it. Each year, UR Medicine Home Care’s Meals On Wheels program delivers 250,000 delicious and nutritious meals to vulnerable Monroe County residents, and a safety check accompanies every delivery. Recipients say these efforts enable them to remain independent. 96 percent say the meals enable them to stay in their own homes and 99 percent say they would recommend Meals On Wheels to others. About Meals On Wheels, a program of UR Medicine Home Care Visiting Nurse Service established the local Meals On Wheels program, the third oldest in the United States, in 1958 and has since served millions of meals. The program ensures that over 1,400 individuals throughout the year receive safety checks during the day and delivers approximately 250,000 meals per year. For many seniors and homebound residents who cannot get to a store or stand in a kitchen for long periods of time, Meals On Wheels is essential for their health and well-being. All meals are overseen by a registered dietician and contain one third of a senior’s daily recommended dietary allowances. For more information about donating, call (585) 787-8748. To volunteer, call 585-787-TEAM (8326).

Ontario-Yates Hospice achieves Partner Level Two for the We Honor Veterans program

Friday, February 24, 2017

Ontario-Yates Hospice (OYH), a program of UR Medicine Home Care, recently achieved Partner Level Two for the We Honor Veterans program. Level Four is the highest partner level, which it’s sister program, Visiting Nurse Hospice, achieved a few years ago. We Honor Veterans is a program through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. By voluntarily participating in We Honor Veterans, Ontario-Yates Hospice ensures every veteran in their program receives the proper care and a hero’s welcome home. During a moving ceremony, OYH publicly acknowledges the patient’s military service and presents a flag pin, a personalized certificate and a flag blanket. They also meet veterans’ unique medical and emotional concerns that can result from combat, and connect families to organizations that can uncover veterans’ benefits. About Ontario-Yates Hospice Ontario-Yates Hospice is a program of UR Medicine Home Care. They provide care and support to terminally ill patients and their families who have decided not to pursue curative treatment for a life-limiting illness. OYH serves patients in Wayne, Wyoming, Seneca and Yates counties, and is part of the largest full-service home health providers in the nation. Services include nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies, assistance with daily activities (home health aide services), Hospice (in homes and facilities), Nurse-Family Partnership, Health Home care management, and Telehealth. For more information, call 800-253-4439.

Finger Lakes Morning News February 2017 Appearance - National Heart Month

Monday, February 13, 2017

UR Medicine Home Care' Jody Gray and Margaret Wiant speak about heart disease during National Heart Month.

Kindergarten and First Grade Students to Present Hundreds of Handmade Valentines to Meals On Wheels Recipients

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Rochester, NY—On Wednesday, February 8, 2017 between 12:05 and 12:35 pm at The Harley School (1981 Clover Street), kindergarten and first grade students will gather for a brief assembly in which they will present approximately 800 valentines they created to Meals On Wheels. The valentines will then be distributed to Meals On Wheels recipients in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. During the assembly, students will also sing a song titled, A Gift from the Heart, and a Meals On Wheels representative will explain why the valentines are so important to those they serve. Students from The Harley School have been making valentines for Meals On Wheels for more than seven years. About The Harley School Founded in 1917, The Harley School is a nationally-recognized, independent school in Rochester, NY, offering an innovative and demanding college preparatory program for approximately 525 day students in Nursery (age 3) through Grade 12. Across the curriculum, faculty guide students through idea-driven exploration and problem solving, cultivating curiosity, confidence, and joy in learning. Taking a balanced approach to academic disciplines, the arts, and athletics, Harley teaches critical thinking, creativity, empathy, and civic responsibility. Harley's motto, and hope for each student, is "Become What Thou Art.” About Meals On Wheels, a program of UR Medicine Home Care Visiting Nurse Service established the local Meals On Wheels program, the third oldest in the United States, in 1958 and has since served millions of meals. The program ensures that over 1,400 individuals throughout the year receive safety checks during the day and delivers approximately 250,000 meals per year. For many seniors and homebound residents who cannot get to a store or stand in a kitchen for long periods of time, Meals On Wheels is essential for their health and well-being. All meals are overseen by a registered dietician and contain one third of a senior’s daily recommended dietary allowances. For more information about donating, call (585) 787-8748. To volunteer, call 585-787-TEAM (8326).

Finger Lakes Morning News January 2017 Appearance - Palliative Care

Monday, January 9, 2017

UR Medicine Home Care's Jody Gray speaks about what Palliative Care is and how it can benefit you.