Hospice of the Western Reserve Foundation

Hospice of the Western Reserve Foundation is separate, nonprofit public charity created to provide financial support to unreimbursed HWR programs benefiting patients and their families.
“Many of the special services provided by the agency bring meaning, joy and healing during a very difficult time,” said Dr. Al Connors, who was the first to sign on as a board member of the foundation.
“These services are not reimbursed by Medicare or commercial insurance, so they rely on philanthropic support,” he said. “The foundation’s goal is to ensure Hospice of the Western Reserve is here for the next 50 years and beyond so future generations can receive the expert, compassionate care all families deserve.”

The foundation is funded through donations from friends of HWR and comprised of a dynamic group of inaugural board members, including industry leaders and philanthropists. Laura Rayburn, a Cleveland native and veteran fundraiser, has joined the organization as the foundation’s president.
Foundation Aims to Address Surge in Community Needs
Hospice of the Western Reserve serves 1,200 patients daily across nine counties throughout the state’s northern region, providing palliative care and hospice to adult and pediatric patients alike. Demographic tailwinds are fueling rising demand for hospice and palliative care in the Buckeye State. Ohio is projected to see a surge in its aging population by 2030. HWR has been working to expand its breadth across the continuum of care, creating the foundation to branch out with community engagement and spread awareness of serious illness and end-of-life care.

Quite a few areas of need exist in adult and pediatric hospice care that the foundation aims to address, particularly the community’s rising demand for palliative care. Hospice of the Western Reserve’s pediatric hospice and palliative care is an integral part of the services it provides to the community. In tandem with its adult palliative care services, the hospice provider reaches around 7,000 patients at home each year with a very strong presence in the community for grief services as well.

The foundation will look at supporting the hospice’s entire continuum of supporting patients and families through the end of life through art, music and other therapies, as well as raising awareness within the community about these valuable services.

For more information on the Hospice of the Western Reserve Foundation, please contact Laura Rayburn, lrayburn@hospicewr.org

Board Members

  • Vikki Broer
  • Alfred F. Connors, Jr., MD
  • Bill Finn
  • Mary S. Foti
  • William A. Herzberger
  • Cynthia (Cindy) Ames Huffman
  • Kathy Jadallah
  • Jeff Kovacs
  • Joe Kovalcheck
  • Margaret (Peggi) S. Mizen
  • Laura Rayburn
  • Martha Brewer Rini
  • Christopher Waite