25. May 2015 · Comments Off on Nautican Foundation’s 8th Annual Summer Soiree to Benefit PASCON · Categories: Events, Fundraising, News

The Nautican Foundation recently announced that the 2015 beneficiary of their Summer Soiree will be Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket.

Nautican aims to continually motivate new generations of Nantucket Island residents and visitors to be aware of, and supportive of, charitable organizations that benefit the island, its community, and its people. To that end, a different beneficiary is chosen each year for their fabulous fundraiser, the Summer Soiree.

This year’s Soiree will be at the Whaling Museum on Saturday, August 8th and will feature Perfect Day Band.

Tickets start at $85. This event sells out each year, so we encourage you to buy your tickets early. If you haven’t been, check out pictures from last year’s event. A great night for a great cause!

11. April 2014 · Comments Off on Nantucket Women in Business Group Plans Silent Auction to benefit PASCON · Categories: Community, Events, Fundraising, News

Please join members of the Petticoat Row group in support of PASCON and Nantucket women for a silent auction fundraiser on Tuesday, April 15th at the Rose & Crown from 7-10 pm.

Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket (PASCON) is a specialized health care program dedicated to providing excellent physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care for persons with life-threatening illness and their families. It is an organization helping the family and friends of many members of the Petticoat Row group, and it is here to help anyone on Nantucket at any time.

To donate to our silent auction, please contact Zofia.

To help spread the word, share this post, like us on Facebook, and share the event poster.

07. February 2014 · Comments Off on PASCON and NCH Roll Out MOLST Program · Categories: News, Planning

Massachusetts Orders For Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST)

A new state initiative is being rolled out in 2014 to ensure that people of any age who have a life-threatening medical condition, illness or injury can make their own choices about end-of-life medical care.

Massachusetts Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or MOLST, are written instructions from a physician to other health care providers regarding a patient’s medical care. They outline the types of emergency medical treatments a patient wants, or does not want, to be administered to keep them alive near the end of their life. These forms, which are voluntary, can be used by a person of any age who has a serious medical condition from which they may not recover to ensure their own preferences are honored by all health care providers. Unlike written “final wishes” or a living will, MOLST forms carry greater authority and will be honored by Massachusetts medical facilities. They also differ from “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) orders by providing additional instructions regarding medical care. MOLST forms can be changed or voided at any time.

Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket (PASCON) are working to educate patients, clinicians and caregivers about the MOLST program. Anyone with an advanced illness or injury should start discussions about advance care planning with their clinicians. The MOLST forms, which are bright pink, are filled out by a patient and their clinician, and should be kept by the patient in a location that is easy to locate, such as a refrigerator or bedside table. They should also be carried with the patient outside their home.

What are life-sustaining treatments?

These are medical treatments used to restart a person’s heart or breathing if they stop, such as:

• Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), such as mouth-to-mouth breathing, forceful pressure or electric shock to the chest. Many health care providers are legally required to use CPR if a patient’s heart or breath stops, unless they have written orders with other instructions from a doctor, such as MOLST form.

• Intubation and Ventilation, when a tube is put down a person’s throat and attached to a machine that pumps air into and out of the person’s lungs.

MOLST forms will provide EMT’s, health care facilities and clinicians with specific medical orders regarding treatments that are to be used or not to be used to start a person’s heart or breathing in the event they stop.

If you have questions about MOLST and end-of-life care, please contact PASCON at 508-825-8325. Additional information about MOLST is available at www.molst-ma.org.

05. February 2014 · Comments Off on “Electric Love” Yoga, Music, and Art Charity Event to Benefit Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket · Categories: Community, Events, Fundraising, News

NANTUCKET – (2/4/2014) – Yoga teacher Caitlin Marcoux, local DJ Pete Ahern, Brooklyn artist Craig
Anthony Miller
and special guest Clay Twombly team up to offer Nantucket yoga students an
evening of visual and auditory inspiration sponsored by the Dreamland Film & Performing Arts
and Verde Nantucket Green Build. This 2 hour yoga and meditation practice will feature
live music by Ahern and virtual streaming of impromptu graffiti art created by Miller specifically
for the event.

Marcoux, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last March, is extremely excited to give back in this way to PASCON, where she has attended monthly cancer support groups and received individual counseling. All four artists have been affected by cancer and feel passionately about supporting organizations such as PASCON who work tirelessly to care for those in need.

Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket (PASCON) is a specialized health care program dedicated to providing excellent physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care for persons with life threatening illness and their families.

The event will be hosted by the Dreamland in their Studio Theatre and will run from 6-8pm on Thursday, March 27th, 2014. Space is limited. Advance purchase recommended. Click HERE to reserve your space. 100% of the profits will be given to PASCON.


Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket Foundation (formerly Hospice Care of Nantucket Foundation) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding palliative and supportive care services for the benefit of the Nantucket community and to increasing awareness and providing community education and outreach about palliative and supportive care.Through a unique collaboration with the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, the program is operated as a department of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital while all funding for the program comes from the Foundation. Learn more at www.pascon.org.

The Nantucket Dreamland Foundation is dedicated to enriching the cultural and intellectual life
of Nantucket by providing year-round films, educational programs, and a venue for activities that
engage Nantucket in the evolving world of digital entertainment and education in one of
America’s oldest theaters. Much more than just a movie theater, the Dreamland presents yearround
films, educational programs and world-class entertainment while providing a venue for
community activities. Learn more at www.nantucketdreamland.org.

03. November 2013 · Comments Off on Hope and Caring – Through the Eyes of a Child · Categories: Community, News

In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, first and second grade students at the Nantucket New School were asked to think about what it means to care for other people and to create something that illustrates this important act. For one it was simply sharing a cookie. For others it was holding a hand.

Be sure to check out all of the students’ interpretations of caring at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital during the month of November. Their masterpieces will be on display in the hallway between the main lobby and the ER.

As is so often the case, looking through the eyes of a child gives us new perspective and reminds us that we don’t need to go to great lengths to care for others. We need just offer a hand…or a cookie.

03. November 2013 · Comments Off on National Hospice and Palliative Care Month · Categories: News

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

We join hospice and palliative care providers across the nation in celebrating the unique system of support and the benefits provided by the loving care of PASCON and organizations like ours.

Please take a moment this month to learn more about the services we provide. Visit our website. Give us a call.

We thank and honor all of our volunteers who give so much of themselves to improve the lives of our clients. We also honor the family caregivers who so often go unrecognized.

To celebrate this important work, there are several specials and promotions being offered on island.

Experience Acupuncture
Mention this ad when booking your initial consultation with Island Acupuncture & Associates during the month of November and 50% will be donated to PASCON.
If you’re looking to naturally enhance your health, promote healing, and take care of your body, give acupuncture a try! A unique combination of Western and Eastern techniques is used to optimize your health and well-being. Call (508) 228-6898 to schedule your consultation.

Treat your Feet
Throughout November, Darya Salon & Spa is offering a Spa Pedicure for $75 with a 15% donation to PASCON.
Start by soaking your feet in a warm soothing tub, then enjoy cuticle treatment with Vapour organic pomegranate seed oil. Your choice of pumpkin or ginger foot exfoliation, followed with your choice of hydrating warm organic green tea paraffin mask or detoxifying clay mask. Relaxing hot towel wrap and finished with a leg and foot massage. 

Endless Pasta and 50¢ Wings
Enjoy dinner at Crosswinds Restaurant on Wednesday, November 20th and 10% of net sales will be donated to PASCON.
Order anything off the regular menu or take advantage of the “all you can eat” pasta special and 50¢ jumbo wings!

Catch a Movie
Dreamland will donate 25% of all ticket sale proceeds from a show on Sunday, December 15th to PASCON.
Check our website as the day gets closer to see which movie it will be and enjoy the show!

03. November 2013 · Comments Off on Changes to PASCON Foundation Board of Directors · Categories: News

Heidi Girvin of Parchment was elected to the Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket Foundation’s Board of Directors at its annual meeting on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
Judy Waters of Windwalker Real Estate announced her retirement from the Board. Waters has served on the Board for 7 years, most recently as Vice President.
This year’s officers are:
Rick Beaudette, President
Joe Grause, Vice President
Lou Gennaro, Treasurer
Gussie Beaugrand, Secretary/Clerk
There are a total of 12 Directors currently on the Board.

27. September 2013 · Comments Off on New Resource Available for People With Cancer · Categories: News, Planning

WASHINGTON – (Sept. 25, 2013) – The Cancer Support Community and a group of 18 partnering cancer and patient advocacy organizations launched today the Cancer Insurance Checklist, a new resource to help people with cancer, a history of cancer, or at risk for cancer choose insurance plans in the new state-based Health Insurance Marketplaces opening on October 1st.

The Cancer Insurance Checklist guides consumers to review the coverage within each insurance plan they are considering, including coverage for services provided by their health care team, where care is delivered, medications and various common cancer treatments and services they may need. The Checklist also provides a worksheet to help the consumer detail the costs associated with each plan. The Checklist is designed to be used while evaluating insurance plans and also when discussing them with a navigator or health care provider.

“When the Marketplaces open in October, we expect that hundreds of thousands of people touched by cancer will begin exploring their options for purchasing health insurance coverage,” said Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community. “It is important to ensure that people understand the coverage for cancer-related health services so that they can make educated decisions based on their health needs and their budgets.”

People with cancer concerns can download and print the Cancer Insurance Checklist free of charge by visiting CancerInsuranceChecklist.org. There, they will also find a comprehensive list of additional resources including a full glossary of terms relevant to insurance coverage decisions.

The Cancer Insurance Checklist was created through a partnership of the following organizations: The Assistance Fund, Association of Community Cancer Centers, Avalere Health, Cancer Support Community, Chronic Disease Fund, Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation, International Myeloma Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer Alliance, Melanoma Research Foundation, Men’s Health Network, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, National Patient Advocate Foundation, Oncology Nursing Society, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, Patient Advocate Foundation, Patient Services, Inc. and Prevent Cancer Foundation. Production costs for the Cancer Insurance Checklist were supported by a grant from Novartis Oncology.

“CSC is honored to work with such an esteemed group of our colleagues on this important project to deliver meaningful information to so many during this time of complex decision-making,” said Linda House, Executive Vice President, External Affairs for the Cancer Support Community. “In addition to the valuable resources offered by each organization, this combined effort ensures that we will reach even more people in need of support, education and tools to help navigate their cancer journey.”

About the Cancer Support Community
The mission of the Cancer Support Community (CSC) is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. In 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. The combined organization, with more than 50 years of collective experience, provides the highest quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer through a network of over 50 licensed affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and a vibrant online community, touching more than one million people each year.

Backed by evidence that the best cancer care includes social and emotional support, the Cancer Support Community offers these services free of charge to men, women and children with any type or stage of cancer and to their loved ones. As the largest, professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community delivers a comprehensive menu of personalized and essential services including support groups, educational workshops, exercise, art and nutrition classes and social activities for the entire family. In 2012, CSC delivered more than $40 million in free services to patients and families. The Cancer Support Community is advancing the innovations that are becoming the standard in complete cancer care. So that no one faces cancer alone.®

For more information, please visit www.cancersupportcommunity.org.

23. September 2013 · Comments Off on Jules Embry-Pelrine Completes 24 Hour Run in Support of the Marla Lamb Fund · Categories: Community, Events, Fundraising, News

Jules Embry-Pelrine had run for 24 hours and over 100 miles at 7 pm on Friday!

He began his course at 150 Old South Road on Thursday evening and covered most of Nantucket Island twice over the next 24 hours. Jules is quick to point out the staggering number of miles covered in the same period by world record holders. We’re quick to point out that he is our record holder and is an awe-inspiring athlete and humanitarian.

Jules ran in support of the Marla Lamb Fund, a fund which helps to defray the costs of lodging and transportation for island cancer patients who must travel off-island for treatment and care. Jules raised money and awareness for this important cause and we at Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket are so grateful for his efforts!

11. September 2013 · Comments Off on Island Man to Run 24 Hours Around Nantucket in Support of Marla Lamb Cancer Fund · Categories: Community, Events, Fundraising, News

Island runner extraordinaire, Krav Maga instructor, and all around great guy Jules Embry-Pelrine has organized a run around Nantucket island beginning at 150 Old South Road at 7 pm on Thursday, September 19th. Jules has mapped a route that he plans to run three times over the course of the day (and night).

Jules apparently never tires. In the past 3 or 4 months alone, he has competed in the Race for Open Space, the Rock Run, the Firecracker 5K, the Iron Man, and the New School Spring Dash – just to name a few!

With this latest endeavor, Jules is raising money for the Marla Lamb Fund. The Marla Lamb Fund is a fund administered by Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket that helps to defray the costs of travel and lodging for island cancer patients who must travel off-island for cancer care and treatment. You can show your support for Jules and the Marla Lamb Fund by clicking HERE. You can also email Jules for more information.

Jules welcomes walkers, bikers, and joggers of all levels and encourages people to join him for any portion of the course. Click HERE to view the course.

Funded by the Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket Foundation, the Palliative & Supportive Care Program is operated as a department of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, which is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital, and a member of Partners HealthCare. Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket is a specialized health care program dedicated to providing excellent physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care to persons with life-threatening illness and their families.

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