SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Northfield Bank Foundation recently presented a check for $17,421 to The Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care to support the Center’s Therapeutic Temperature Control Initiative through which the non-profit organization is modifying its HVAC system. The upgrade includes having individual heating and air conditioning units in every patient room in its two residences, enabling each patient to control the room temperature as needed to improve patient comfort immediately.

“Temperature fluctuations can have a negative impact on a patient’s well-being, both physically and mentally,” said Frank Brady, president of the Center for Hope. “This generous donation from the Northfield Bank Foundation will go far in helping us enhance patient care. We’re very grateful for the Foundation’s continued support.” With Brady are Diane Senerchia (left), executive director of the Northfield Bank Foundation and Fran Ryan, vice president/business development officer at Northfield Bank.

The Center for Hope Hospice provides in-patient hospice and palliative care in Scotch Plains and Elizabeth, as well as hospice care for the terminally ill where they reside in Union County and surrounding areas. The non-profit, community-based organization provides terminally ill patients with hospice care, and their families or loved ones with physical, emotional, and spiritual support during their time of need. The Center actively supports the individual's right to live out the remainder of their life with dignity and in comfort, surrounded by the love of family and friends, and eased from the burdens of physical, emotional, spiritual, financial or social distress.​

Center for Hope welcomes all terminally ill patients, their families and loved ones without concern for race, ethnicity, religious affiliation or ability to pay. It also offers pain and symptom management for chronically ill and seriously ill patients through its palliative care program. Center for Hope operates two facilities in Scotch Plains and Elizabeth; the latter provides nearly $3.5 million a year in charity care. For more information, call the Center at (908) 889-7780 or visit