Arbor Hospice recently received a gift of $625,000 from the Paul J. Rice estate to establish the Paul J. Rice Charity Bed Fund, making residential hospice care available to those who need it, regardless of their ability to pay for services.

Rice became interested in the nonprofit hospice agency through his longtime friend and Arbor Hospice founder, Mary Lindquist. His donations to the Ann Arbor-based hospice over the years reinforced his passion to help provide dignity, respect and compassionate care at the end-of-life. Rice and his sister received hospice and palliative care services from Arbor Hospice. He served as his sibling’s caregiver until her death in February 2015. Rice passed away in August 2015.

“Paul’s passion was helping indigent people. Following his wishes, and because of his personal experience with Arbor Hospice, a fund has been established in his name at The Residence of Arbor Hospice,” said Shari Roberts-Osojnak, trustee to the Paul J. Rice estate. “Supporting the Paul J. Rice Charity Bed Fund brings Paul’s support of hospice and his legacy full-circle.”

To date, this is the largest estate gift received by Arbor Hospice.

“Caring for our charity patients is part of Arbor’s mission. We never turn away patients because of their financial situation,” said Judy Vindici, Arbor Hospice Foundation’s director of philanthropy. “This generous gift will ensure we can serve all our patients and their families.”

For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Paul J. Rice Charity Bed Fund, please visit www.arborhospice.org or contact Judy Vindici at 734.794.5542 or jvindici@arborhospice.org.

 

About Arbor Hospice

Arbor Hospice, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, provides quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses throughout Washtenaw County and surrounding communities. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, Arbor offers certified community-based and inpatient hospice services and palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, as well as grief support services and community education programs. Through other NorthStar Care Community members, Arbor also provides pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Hospice of Michigan. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, visit www.arborhospice.org or call 888-992-2273.

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