Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care celebrates
25 years of caring service

MERIDEN, CT (05-08-2012) - Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care is celebrating its 25th year milestone this year. The agency was licensed on April 29, 1987. Sister Suzanne Gross, FSE, MPA, MA has been the Administrator of the agency all 25 years and continues to lead the dedicated staff to care for persons who are ill and in need of care in their homes. A dynamic team of Franciscan Sisters fills other critical roles in the agency: Sister Mary Richards, FSE, MBA, MA is the Finance Manager; Sister Jilda Marie Chabot, RN, BSN is the Transition-to-Home Nurse and Wound Care Specialist; Sister Catherine Mary Clarke, FSE, LCSW is a Clinical Social Worker; Mother Rosemae Pender, FSE, MA is Office Assistant; Sister Maria Serra Garcia, FSE, MBA is Finance Associate; Sister Mary Kolbe Heffern, BA is Environmental Coordinator; and Sister Rosario Ongayo is a Personal Care Assistant for Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care's associated program, Franciscan Ever There Care.

The services of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care include nursing care, medical social work, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, home health aide and medical supplies. Belief in the dignity of every person and the sacredness of human life permeates the services of the agency.

A Mass was held on April 30th to begin the anniversary year, followed by refreshments and time to socialize. Current staff members had an opportunity to meet nurses who were among the first employees. A breakfast for vendors will be held on May 10th. Other events are planned throughout the year. See Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care web site.

Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care management staff at a recent software training session.