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Recognizing a hospice center’s perennial supporter

Visiting Nurse’s Norene Mostkoff escorts Sam Massell through the hospice facility he helps support.

The Visiting Nurse Health System/ Hospice Atlanta will honor and celebrate former mayor Sam Massell, founder and head of the Buckhead Coalition, at its fall gala on Oct. 26. “Sam has been a supporter of ours for 21 years and has been influential in getting us support in the Buckhead community for our Hospice Atlanta Center,” says Kristin Stanley, the organization’s events manager.

The hospice center serves 2,400 children and adults in 12 metro Atlanta counties, both as inpatients and in their own homes. Kids often receive palliative care while physicians search for trial drugs to lengthen their lives.

“I’ve never seen a physical facility like this,” says Massell of Hospice Atlanta Center. “It’s designed so that every room looks out onto the garden. They’re a remarkable group. I’ve experienced organizations that say, ‘No, we can’t do that.’ At this facility, the answer is always yes.”

The October gala, which is being held at The Stave Room in Buckhead, is one of two annual Visiting Nurse fundraisers that help the group better serve the community. In 2016, the organization provided more than $1 million in uncompensated care for hospice patients and their families during the most difficult time in their lives.

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BY: Mickey Goodman

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