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Advocacy
How to make our voices heard
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IN D USTRY UP DAT E
Medicare Reform Needed
For Hospice Providers
Terminally-ill patients become
eligible for hospice care when their
physician estimates they have less
than six months to live. In reality,
hospice patients receive care for
as long as a year or as little as a
few days. These differences have
a significant impact on hospice
providers because of the way
Medicare payments are distributed.
Medicare pays Visiting Nurse |
Hospice Atlanta a per-diem rate
for each day a patient is in our
hospice program, regardless of the
services provided. The first and
last days, and last few days, of a
patient’s hospice journey, however,
require more intensive care by
our interdisciplinary team than
the interim days or weeks. When
patients are admitted, our team
spends many hours assessing their
medical, emotional and spiritual
needs. This may include changing
medications – for instance,
increasing pain medications – and
carefully monitoring them until they
are stabilized on the new regime. It
also includes educating the patient
and family about the disease process
and supporting them as they make
end-of-life decisions.
Hospice Atlanta makes every possible
effort for each patient, whether they
are short-stay or long-stay. We are
therefore inadvertently penalized
because the Medicare reimbursement
does not cover the high costs of
admission, assessment and clinical care
required when a patient is admitted
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during the last few days of life. When
these costs are not offset by longer-stay
patients, we barely break even.
Medicare’s current payment system
has created a strong profit incentive
and some providers aggressively
admit longer-stay patients with
relatively low service needs. We do
not do this. We strongly believe that
all hospice patients deserve our care
and compassion, not an assessment
based on their length of stay or
Medicare reimbursement.
What’s needed is a Medicare
reimbursement system more in
line with the cost of care for both
long-stay and short-stay patients.
A possible solution is outlined in
the Visiting Nurse Associations of
America’s white paper, “Medicare
Hospice Payment Reform:
VNAA Reactions to the “U”
Distribution.” “U” distribution
means increasing payments for
the beginning and ending
days of hospice stays and
reducing payments in
the middle of hospice
stays, thus maintaining
budget neutrality. The
idea originated with
The Medicare Payment
Advisory Commission
(MedPAC).
As the VNAA describes
it, the implications of the
current Medicare system are
that overpayment for longstay cases will drive Medicare
payments continually higher while
underpayment for short stays will
make it more difficult for hospices
that take such patients to remain
viable. Visiting Nurse | Hospice
Atlanta has the benefit of many
generous donors to offset these high
costs, but the core of our business
still depends upon Medicare and
other insurance reimbursement.
We believe the recommended new
system would dampen the financial
incentive to increase average length
of stay while more appropriately
compensating for shorter stays.
It would also create a more level
playing field – providers would be
fairly reimbursed for both longterm and short-term stays. Such
reform would be a boon to our
organization, allowing us to not only
survive, but thrive.
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LE T T E R FRO M T H E P R E S I DE NT
Advocacy (noun) – an endeavor to influence public opinion and
attitudes that directly affect people’s lives.
Advocating for a
Healthy Future
Whether we realize it or not, we are all advocates for the people we
love and the causes we care about. The most obvious type of advocacy is
political; I was in Washington, D.C. recently talking to Representative
John Lewis and other members of Congress recommending changes in
Medicare reimbursement for home healthcare and hospice (see industry
update on page 2). We will continue to press for change in this area.
Governor Perdue spoke out for hospice with his proclamation
naming November as Hospice Month in Georgia. These are
important moments in time that bring attention to the work we do.
As we know, advocacy is essential and effective outside the political
arena as well. Our clinicians, chaplains, social workers, volunteers and
administrators work every day to make this organization the best it can be,
listening to our patients and families and advocating for their care. Their
compassionate presence speaks volumes. The Camp STARS team gives
children and families a voice by providing a safe place where they can express
their grief.
Starr Moore, honoree at this year’s fall benefit, speaks out about hospice to
friends, family and potential supporters. She and our countless other donors
speak with their generosity.
The members of our Board of Directors and Advisory Board – all
influencers and shapers of public opinion in metro Atlanta -- are our
ambassadors in Atlanta’s business, healthcare and philanthropic communities.
Our cause marketing campaigns offer all of us additional opportunities to
advocate for this organization (see article on page 13).
Chances are you are an advocate for Visiting Nurse | Hospice Atlanta. For
that, we thank you. As we approach the holiday season, we invite you to tell
others why you are passionate about Visiting Nurse | Hospice Atlanta. Your
influence can and will make a difference.
Wishing all of you the warmth of the season,
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Advocacy
How to make our voices heard
The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) is a national organization that promotes and
advocates for Visiting Nurse | Hospice Atlanta and other community-based, nonprofit home health
and hospice providers. Established 28 years ago, it supports our mission to care for all individuals
regardless of complexity of condition or ability to pay.
VNAA and its members have
identified several current issues in
the Medicare hospice program that
suggest the need for reform and have
developed recommendations for
policymakers. These recommendations
are designed to address potential
fraud, abuse and misuse of the hospice
benefit while preserving hospice’s
core mission to provide high quality,
compassionate care to individuals
nearing the end of life.
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F E AT U R E
It was not until 1982 that the
Medicare program recognized the
value of hospice and began paying
for services. Medicare was among
the first insurers in the United States
to do so.
The hospice benefit was
initially underutilized, but
Medicare payment and coverage
improvements have now made
it into one of the most rapidly
growing Medicare benefits. The
Medicare Payment Advisory
Commission (MedPAC) and the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) have raised
concerns about the rapid entry
of for-profit organizations into
hospice services and the integrity
and structure of the benefit.
These concerns have resulted in
legislation requiring across-theboard cuts in hospice payments
beginning in 2013 and proposals
for basic changes in how hospice
reimbursement is structured. (See
Industry Update, page 2).
The funding provided by Medicare
has allowed hospice programs to
serve greater numbers of individuals.
Unfortunately, it has also funded
operators that have begun to
compromise the mission of hospice.
The result is an unnecessary drain
on Medicare funding, reduced
access for more challenging hospice
patients and the real risk that the
credibility and acceptance of hospice
as a caring, mission-driven program
will be eclipsed in the chase for
Medicare dollars.
The VNAA is urging Medicare
to take quick action to address
the inappropriate incentives and
regulatory loop-holes that threaten
to allow select hospices to tarnish
the reputation of the entire hospice
movement. It is recommending
reforms that will support compliant
providers and help assure
continuation of the hospice mission
while protecting the integrity of the
Medicare program.
While the VNAA is speaking out
for nonprofit hospice programs
like ours, there is much you can do
on the local level to promote and
support our end-of-life care. You
can educate friends and colleagues
about its enormous value to today’s
patients and families. You can talk
to political and business leaders
about its importance long-term
for the rapidly growing and aging
population of metro Atlanta.
And you can continue to provide
financial support to ensure that
our patients and families are given
the highest quality care, and our
dedicated staff is appropriately
rewarded for their “calling.”
*Sections of the article were adapted from the
VNAA White Paper “Restoring Integrity and Quality
in the Hospice Movement: A VNAA Response to
Current Issues in the Medicare Hospice Benefit.”
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Our Clients Tell Their Stories at
United Way ‘Celebrating Success’ Event
As a United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta community partner, Visiting Nurse | Hospice
Atlanta was involved in the organization’s 2010 fundraising kick-off on September
22. More than 350 people attended. Four of our patient/clients participated in the
“Celebrating Success” portion of the day, telling their personal stories to representatives
of United Way’s corporate partners and other potential donors.
Frank Reid, 78, used to sing bass
in a gospel group called The Sweet
Singing Disciples. His voice is as
deep and strong as ever, but in the
last few years Frank suffered a series
of strokes which limited the use of
his legs and made it difficult for him
to manage his life.
When we met Frank he was in
his motorized wheelchair, having
navigated the 10-mile trip from his
home in Decatur to the United Way
building in downtown Atlanta. “The
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MARTA rail system gets me here
quicker than a car,” he jokes.
Frank has lived by himself in a
HUD high-rise since his wife died
suddenly in 2008. That’s when he
began to rely heavily on Visiting
Nurse for supportive services. Frank
struggles to manage his life from a
wheelchair, but his Visiting Nurse
case manager Judy Holloman says
he never complains. “Judy is my
go-to person,” he says. He wasn’t
eating a healthy diet until Judy
arranged for him to receive five hot
meals each week from Meals on
Wheels. He was also embarrassed
to have people visit his apartment
because he was unable to keep it
clean and orderly. Judy arranged for
a homemaker to take care of these
chores two hours each week.
When he started falling a lot in
his apartment, Judy did a home
safety check and made several
suggestions including using a
walker. She contacted his doctor
to request physical therapy and has
helped him complete applications
for his benefits and get prescriptions
delivered to his home.
Frank receives services through
the DeKalb Office of Senior Affairs,
which contracts with Visiting
Nurse for case management. His
services are paid for by DeKalb
County, but it is the amazing staff
of Visiting Nurse who help him stay
independent in his own home.
Frank says he is happier now
because he has a knowledgeable
person ready to help with any crisis
that may occur. And while he may
not sing publicly any more, we have a
feeling he may still sing in the shower.
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“I’ve been an Atlanta Braves fan
since birth,” says Lindsay Blake,
a Care Management client since
2001. “My mother used to say that
the first words out of my mouth
were ‘Dale Murphy’.”
Lindsay, now 28 and still an avid
Braves fan, was diagnosed with
cerebral palsy at birth and has been
in a wheelchair all her life. For many
years her mother took care of her,
but she now lives with a roommate
in Powder Springs, GA.
Lindsay can’t get out of bed
without help, so she has to have
a complex, formal and informal
system around her. When Visiting
Nurse’s Community Care Services
Program (CCSP) was brought in
nine years ago, we provided her with
a personal support aide.
“The aide would get me up in the
morning, give me a shower, make
sure I had lunch, and ensure that
all the services I needed were being
provided,” explains Lindsay. “It was a
huge help.”
Three years ago, Pamela
Purvis, MA, the Visiting Nurse
coordinator for Lindsay’s care,
suggested the consumer-directed
care program for her which has
been very successful. The program
allows her to hire people in the
community to support her, such
as the driver who takes her to the
gym five days a week. Lindsay has
set the bar high for herself and
hopes to walk one day. Working
out at the gym helps her with
balance and coordination.
Pamela is the person who gives
voice to Lindsay’s needs: “We are
coordinating services, but we help
people navigate the system. If
there’s a problem with Medicaid we
try to help them fix it. If Lindsay
needs physical therapy, we can help
coordinate services through her
MD. Because she has gone through
a lot of loss (both her parents died
recently), we can hook her up with
mental health services to try to
help her alleviate any depression.
I visit her four times a year
minimum, often more, and we talk
on the phone. You end up being
a very important person in your
client’s life.”
“Pam is not just a coordinator,
she’s a friend,” Lindsay adds. “She’s
always there if I need someone
to talk to. It’s wonderful to have
someone who cares not only about
the work, but about the person. If
I need anything from her between
visits, all I have to do is call.”
Says Pamela: “Lindsay is young and
has a lot to live for. She has given me
as much as I have given her.”
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First Physician HouseCall™ Doctor Hired
Dr. Edward A. Espinosa is the
first physician to join Physicians
HouseCall™, our innovative new
program of primary care for aging
adults. His house calls will help
keep our most vulnerable patients
in their homes, advocating for
their independent living and thus
reducing emergency hospitalizations
and healthcare costs. A Board
Certified Internal Medicine
Physician, he is on staff at both
Piedmont Hospital and Northside
Hospital. Heart disease, high blood
pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes,
arthritis, asthma, and depression
are just a few of the highlighted
concerns of his practice. These are
conditions that many of our frail
older patients experience. A native
of Atlanta, Dr. Espinosa is married
with two children. He is also fluent
in Spanish.
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In addition to Dr. Espinosa, we
also welcome chaplains Bob Hauert
and Theodore Turman to Hospice Atlanta.
Bob Hauert is our new full-time
chaplain. He will be supervising
the Hospice Atlanta spiritual
care program, replacing Daphne
Clement, who is moving to Maine.
Bob will visit patients and families
at home and at the Hospice Atlanta
Center. We got to know Bob when
he started volunteering with Hospice
Atlanta over three years ago. He
became a Clinical Pastoral Education
(CPE) intern in 2009 and recently
started a full-time CPE residency
with us. A Deacon in the Catholic
Church, Bob has been married for
almost 38 years. He and his wife
Louise have four adult children and
four grandchildren.
Theodore Turman, M.Div., is our
new part-time hospice chaplain. He
will support our palliative patients
and pediatric hospice patients at
home and at the Center. A native of
Detroit, Theodore came to Atlanta
to pursue his Masters in Divinity at
Emory University. He did his CPE
residency at Children’s Healthcare
of Atlanta and is excited to
continue his service with children
at Hospice Atlanta. He and his wife
are expecting their first child, a boy,
in December.
Visiting Nurse Leaders Participate At
Alzheimer’s Society of Atlanta Luncheon
Dorothy Davis, Director of Care
Management Operations, spoke at
the Alzheimer’s Society of Atlanta
luncheon at the Piedmont Driving
Club on October 19. Dorothy,
who oversees our Alzheimer’s and
Parkinson’s Program, shared with
guests that for the last 20 years we
have been providing specialized
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Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
services. In 2009 alone, our
professional caregivers provided
more than 17,500 hours of muchneeded respite care to husbands,
wives, sons, daughters and other
informal caregivers.
CEO Mark Oshnock and
Advancement Vice President Lisa
Robinson also attended. “The
Alzheimer’s Society of Atlanta
graciously invited us to be part of
their program,” Lisa says. “This was
a wonderful opportunity to learn
more about the people we care for
and let people know of the services
we provide.”
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Hundreds Visit Hospice Atlanta’s
Booth at Atlanta Pride Festival
Hospice Atlanta nurse practitioner and volunteer
Ginna McFarling talks with Pride attendees.
Schaune Griffin, Hospice Atlanta’s
new Bereavement Coordinator,
organized an advocacy event the
weekend of October 9-10 -- a
booth at the Atlanta Pride Festival
in Piedmont Park. The booth was
decorated with the motto “Proud,
Practical, Prepared” and drew close
to 200 people who were lured in part
by candy and the smiles of our 11
volunteers, but also by the important
information they were providing
about advance directives. Our hard-
working team answered questions
about couples’ rights under the Georgia
Advance Directive Statute and helped
those who were interested to execute
the Georgia statutory form. This
form makes it legally binding for
domestic partners to make important
healthcare and end-of-life decisions
for the other. Several people signed
up to attend the next volunteer
training. Thanks to Schaune and
her team for participating in such a
meaningful way.
Hospice Atlanta Video
Wins Two National Awards
We’re excited to announce that
the Hospice Atlanta video created
for us by Carr Video Productions
has received two awards: a 2010
Bronze Telly Award in the category
Online Video for Charitable/NotFor-Profit Organizations, and a
2009 Accolade Award of Merit for a
sales/branding video.
Congratulations to the talented
team who made this video a reality:
producer Jim Carr, cameraman Allen
Rosen, audio Ron Lehr, our own
Mary Arthur who was on-air host
and narrator, and communications
consultant Gillian Renault who
wrote the script and coordinated the
production. In addition, Jim donated
his time to shoot video at the Big-ToDo this year – thanks Jim!
The video was first screened at last
year’s fall benefit and was launched
soon after on our website www.vnhs.
org. It can now be seen in the lobby
of our Traning and Support Center.
Elegant Tiffany Event
Honors Fall Benefit Patrons
Tiffany & Co. at Phipps Plaza
hosted an elegant cocktail reception
the evening of October 19 for
Patron level supporters of our
2010 fall benefit In the Moment: A
Celebration of Life. Tiffany Director
Charles W. Ellis welcomed the
guests who enjoyed browsing the
store while Mark Oshnock thanked
our loyal supporters.
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Honors Advocate & Supporter Starr Moore
23rd Annual Fall Benefit Nets $225,000
For 30 years, Starr Moore has been a powerful advocate of our mission; as the honoree at
the fall benefit, she was true to form. “I want to conclude my remarks with a shameless
pitch,” she told the sold-out crowd in the Georgian Terrace Hotel ballroom. “The pitch is
simply this. Please specify Visiting Nurse | Hospice Atlanta as your home healthcare and
hospice provider should – no, when – you or your loved ones need these special services.
I want these services to be available to all who need them. That is why I am here.”
Starr also spoke of the importance
of home health and hospice services
as our population ages, and of the
aggressive competition that our
organization faces from several
national, for-profit companies.
Held on September 25, the event
raised $225,000 for our palliative
care program, which provides
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medical, emotional, and spiritual
support to patients with chronic
or life-limiting illnesses who do
not qualify for, or are not ready
for, hospice services. The festivities
kicked off with cocktails and a silent
auction packed with more than 100
outstanding items, among them art
pieces by Salvador Dali, exciting
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travel packages, tango lessons, and
a table of “Her Favorite Things.”
The latter was a smorgasbord of
items that Starr enjoys, including a
gift certificate to Nakato restaurant,
Ketel One vodka, a beach basket,
and one item that made bidders
smile -- a pot holder made by Starr
herself valued at $5,000. [It went for
$140, a true bargain.]
Two tango dancers entertained in
the foyer before the guests moved
to the Grand Ballroom for dinner.
At each place setting was a vintage
sterling silver spoon engraved “In the
Moment 2010,” the theme for the
event. Our thanks to Holly Gardner
and Mary Kathryn Metzger of
McKee Vintage Designs for donating
these one-of-a-kind gifts.
Lisa Robinson, Vice President of
Advancement, welcomed the 280
guests and introduced CEO Mark
Oshnock who thanked BB&T,
Dignity Memorial and Northside
Hospital, Angel Donor Eula C.
Starr Moore gets a standing ovation
Carlos and her family, the Board of
Directors and the Advisory Board for
their loyal support. He also thanked
Host Committee Chair, Pamela
Chawkin, and Silent Auction Chair,
Sue Griffin, for their extraordinary
efforts on behalf of Visiting Nurse |
Hospice Atlanta.
Pamela Chawkin, Event committee
chair, introduced Starr. “She started
out as an anonymous donor in 1979,
but soon grew into one of our most
dedicated advocates. As a board
member, Starr is both thoughtful and
committed. She is not the type of
person to get involved in organizing
events and being on the public stage.
She’s a very private person and is
happiest when she is talking one-onone or helping behind the scenes.”
Pamela presented Starr with a beautiful
angel heart pendant, custom-designed
by jewelry artisan, Susan Helmich.
Starr recognized the many people
who contributed to the evening’s
success: Pamela and her enthusiastic
Pamela Chawkin
committee: B.J. Griffin, Laura
Griffin, Sue Griffin (who chaired
the silent auction), Betsy Hale, Nan
Hamilton, Terri Hirsh, Sherry Krupp,
Elizabeth Levine, Caroline Moise,
Mirtie Rockswold, Donjenna Yokley,
and the many staff and volunteers.
As she walked down from the
podium, Starr received a muchdeserved standing ovation. She could
have been speaking for everyone when
she described it as “a magical evening.”
More photos are posted at
www.vnhs.org
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Advisory Board Annual Meeting
Integrated partnerships with
hospitals, leading to an integratedprovider model of care, was the
central theme of Visiting Nurse |
Hospice Atlanta’s Advisory Board
annual meeting at the Buckhead
Club September 13.
Our President and CEO Mark
Oshnock outlined the importance
of “rethinking what is possible” in
healthcare, especially in light of the
new healthcare law.
“Home healthcare is a vital part
of Atlanta’s healthcare infrastructure
and will become more important as
our population ages,” he said in his
presentation. Atlanta is aging faster
than many other metropolitan areas.
Census and CMS data shows that in
2030, seniors will consume 46% of
the national healthcare spend.
In 2009, Atlanta’s healthcare
providers spent $11 billion on
seniors, of which $150 million was
spent on the kind of intermittent
home healthcare that Visiting Nurse
provides. Post-hospital care is vital
to containing costs and managing
patients long-term. Yet Medicare
data shows that less than 20% of
patients discharged from hospitals
in the Atlanta region receive home
healthcare, and over 50% get no
follow-up care whatsoever. Under
the new healthcare law, hospitals
will be penalized if their patients are
re-admitted for the same condition
within 30 days of discharge. Visiting
Nurse can play a vital role in reducing
these re-hospitalizations and the costs
incurred by providing quality home
healthcare for discharged patients.
(L-R) Roosevelt Giles, Bob Quattrocchi, Mary Long, Mark Oshnock, Eric Norwood
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Mark stressed the need for a
shift toward an integrated system
of providers and emphasized the
benefits: multi-provider chronic
disease management that would
lead to improved patient satisfaction
and quality outcomes, and the
ability to continuously monitor
patients. He also envisions physician
primary care as a critical component
of healthcare at home. From a
business perspective, this would
entail sharing information with
other providers and moving from
individual reimbursement to an
integrated system, for the greatest
cost effectiveness.
Andrea Stevenson, our Director
of Clinical Development, gave
a concrete example in her
presentation: it makes no sense for
a physician to prescribe medication
to a patient being discharged if that
patient cannot afford to pay for it
and therefore goes without. We can
do far more for patients, and for our
healthcare system, by developing
truly integrated partnerships.
Senator Johnny Isakson’s Chief
of Staff, Chris Carr, was guest
speaker at the breakfast event. He
emphasized the Senator’s belief in
home health as a smart investment
in, and a critical component of our
health care system. Tyler Thompson,
Sen. Isakson’s health legislative aide,
also attended.
More photos at www.vnhs.org.
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Participants Give Back as Camp Counselors
Six former Camp STARS for
Children participants returned to
Camp this year as junior counselors.
It’s their way of giving back.
One of them, 19-year-old Victor
Reed, says he enjoys helping other
kids the way he was helped. “When I
lost my sister, Iesha, I couldn’t talk to
anyone who could help me,” he says.
“I was stressed about everything. I
didn’t want to wake up in the morning
half the time. When I came home
from Camp STARS I had a completely
different attitude.” Iesha’s cousin,
Kelvin Williams, 17, also returned to
Camp as a counselor this year and his
sister Karen experienced the weekend
for the first time as a camper.
Iesha was cared for by the Hospice
Atlanta team, as was Chelsea
Haynes’ father. Chelsea attended
Camp STARS after he died and felt
so supported that she’s returned as
a counselor four times. “I get this
feeling of warmth knowing that I am
impacting the kids in some way,” she
says. “I love it. It’s my most favorite
weekend of the year.”
(L-R) Emily Lyons, Anna Wynn, Brooke Carithers, Kelvin Williams, Chelsea Haynes and Victor Reed
Former campers Anna Wynn,
Emily Lyons, and Brooke Carithers
also volunteer as counselors. They all
know how alone children feel when
someone they love has died. They
share a bond with the Camp STARS
children that helps all of them heal.
Camp STARS (Sharing Together
As Real Support) is free except
for an administrative fee of $25
per child. For information about
funding this unique community
resource, please call Lisa Robinson
at 404-215-6015.
DREAMGIRLS
Marketing Campaign is a Smash Hit
Our “Dreamgirls” marketing
campaign was a smash hit,
bringing in $3,205 for Visiting
Nurse | Hospice Atlanta. We
applaud all our friends who
bought tickets online. Broadway
Across America, the organization
that brought “Dreamgirls” to the
Fox Theatre, donated $5 from
each of those ticket purchases
to Visiting Nurse | Hospice
Atlanta. We look forward to many
repeat performances of this very
successful campaign!
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ME M ORIA L A ND HONORARY GI FTS
July 1, 2010 - September 30, 2010
The following people were thoughtfully remembered with a gift in their name:
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In Honor of:
In Memory of:
Mr. George Bevington
Mrs. Eula C. Carlos
Mrs. Pamela Chawkin
Mr. Jack A. Dinos
Mrs. Denise Greenberger
Ms. Melissa Johnson
Ms. Stacey Levengood
Ms. Starr Moore
Mr. & Mrs. Mendel Romm, Jr.
Ms. Joni Affatato
Mr. Thomas Algard
Ms. Gale Bailey
Mr. John E. Bailey
Mr. Ralphe Baker
Ms. Virginia Baker
Mr. McCary Ballard
Mr. Thomas J. Barfield
Dr. Philip R. Bartholomew
Mrs. Rosemary S. Bechler
Mrs. Margaret M. Bernal
Ms. Miriam Bernstein
Mr. Milton Bevington
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