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Holy Name Medical Center Receives $500,000 from the Alfiero and Lucia Palestroni Foundation

Date: 4/11/2011

Funds to be directed toward Villa Marie Claire Hospice

Teaneck, NJ - Holy Name Medical Center received a $500,000 grant from the Alfiero and Lucia Palestroni Foundation specifically earmarked toward the Villa Marie Claire Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Saddle River, NJ.

Villa Marie Claire is truly a first-of-its-kind with a family-focused philosophy, an interfaith/intercultural educated healthcare team, overnight accommodations for loved ones and clinical hospice care like no other. A truly historic landmark estate, the Villa is set on 26 acres of tranquil property and has been renovated and is now open to welcome patients and families throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.

"The Palestroni Foundation has always been a steadfast supporter of Holy Name's commitment to healthcare excellence," said Michael Maron, President and CEO of Holy Name Medical Center. "We are so grateful for their belief in our healing mission and our philosophy for Villa Marie Claire's exceptional end-of-life care. We've created the Villa to give every resident the gift of time well spent, by focusing on what is important now. The Palestroni Foundation shares this vision and will help develop and sustain its unique philosophy for our community."

The Palestroni Foundation has given generously to Holy Name throughout the years supporting important campaigns such as the Millennium Campaign for Holy Name's Dialysis Unit.

"I am confident that our Foundation's support of Villa Marie Claire will help our community as a natural extension of Holy Name Medical Center's superb healthcare standards," said Lucia Palestroni. "We're proud to support this important project and hope that patients and families will find the compassion and care they need at the Villa during their final journey."

Villa Marie Claire strives to enhance the quality of each moment for patients and their loved ones. Through gifts of support and investments, the Villa will enrich the lives of every patient and loved one who experiences the care and compassion that the Villa offers. With high ceilings, wood floors, and homelike ambiance, the Villa is a direct contrast to the sterility of a hospital or traditional clinical setting without compromising the standard of care.

For more information on Villa Marie Claire, contact 201-833-3188 or visit:

For information on charitable giving to the Villa, contact 201-833-3105.