It looks like Amanda's House, a home away from home for patients and family members who have traveled to Glens Falls Hospital for treatment, will be able to continue their decade-plus services!
Glens Falls Hospital and the board of directors announced that the hospital will assume ownership and management of the facility, which since 2001 has operated as a not-for-profit organization. The organization has had a hard time in recent years with the increasing challenges of raising the money to keep the house open.
"This is yet another example of how Glens Falls Hospital serves as a vital health care safety net for people across a six-county region," said Donna Davison-Smith, president of the Amanda's House board of directors.
Amanda's House was founded in memory of Amanda Cafaro, a 10-month-old baby girl who lost her battle with leukemia in September 1998, after touching the hearts of many people across the Glens Falls region.
Tony Cafaro, Amanda's grandfather, came up with the idea of a "home away from home" for patients and family members, when he stayed in a similar home while Amanda was hospitalized in Boston. The fund established for Amanda's medical costs served as the initial funding for Amanda's House.
Glens Falls Hospital has worked closely with Amanda's House since it opened in 2001. "We are pleased to be able to continue helping our patients and their families and loved ones during their time of need," states David G. Kruczlnicki, President and CEO of Glens Falls Hospital. "Helping them is consistent with the mission of our organization and at the core of what we do."
2012 was the busiest year ever for Amanda's House, with more than 150 guests! Located only a few blocks from the hospital at 22 Henry Street in Glens Falls, NY, Amanda's House Inc. will donate the house and all assets to the hospital.
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