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Kathy Buffaline Patient Care Fund

This year, more than ever, we need your help.

We are disappointed that the traditional annual fundraiser for the Kathy Buffaline Patient Care Fund cannot be held this year due to COVID-19. In lieu of a personal gathering, we are holding the 17th annual event as an online Charity fundraiser.

Kathy Buffaline was a dedicated, hard working and well-respected nurse, who went above and beyond routinely by providing compassionate nursing care for more than 30 years to countless patients and families. Kathy epitomized home health nursing, modeled teamwork, was confident, adapted to change, had a great sense of humor, served as a strong patient advocate, and was wise, caring, and generous. As a nurse, Kathy used her own personal funds to help patients pay for medication, medical equipment, and needed household items all while raising eight children.

Upon Kathy’s sudden passing in 2003, the Kathy Buffaline Patient Care Fund was established in her memory by her children, grandchildren and best friend, Michelle Miner, RN, to continue Kathy’s legacy by providing basic items for countless patients and families of the Eddy Visiting Nurse & Rehab Association.

Most of the items and funds provided to patients are needed due to emergency circumstances. Following are some of the items and services this fund has been able to provide:

  • Durable Medical Equipment – Wheelchairs, wheelchair gel cushions, canes, walkers, rollators, grab bars, shower chairs, commodes and supplies, catheter supplies, bariatric supplies
  • Medication
  • Lift Chairs
  • Hospital Beds
  • Mattresses, Bedding, and Critical Furniture/Household Items
  • Groceries
  • Utility bill payments to avoid service shutoff
  • Heating fuel
  • Wheelchair ramps to make homes accessible
  • Air conditioners and fans
  • Fixing dangerous home structures such as a hole in the roof
  • Transportation to and from appointments/treatments

For details email Connie.Coyne@sphp.com or call 518-270-1309