Westhampton Beach, NY
"Our heartfelt thanks for all the help
you gave our Mom. Heaven holds a special place for
all of you, especially for your support and patience.
Mom could not have passed on in such peace and with
such dignity without your help.
We will always be
grateful." - Hospice
patient family member
Essential to EEH -
I am proud of my long relationship
with the East End Hospice board,
from the early years when we were
in formation, to today when we are
a mature organization. And I have
always seen the board as a group
acutely aware of its responsibility
to the community – to uphold
the very finest quality of care
for the people we serve – the
East End residents.
It is not easy to be a member of
a volunteer board, with such substantial
duties and responsibilities. Not the
least of these is to be sure that
we have adequate funds to carry out
our mission. Recent years have been
difficult times for health care as
we all know, to resolve the ever-widening
disparity between what insurance will
pay for services rendered, and what
those services actually cost. I note
with tremendous pride that in eighteen
years East End Hospice has finished
every single year in the black – often
by a slim margin, but with no year
ending in deficit despite rising costs.
This achievement reflects assiduous
work by the board in fundraising projects
and events, and in community campaigns
and generous individual gifts.
The scope of the responsibilities
of our board, however, is not only
to ensure that the business is run
efficiently and that our mission is
carried out with the utmost care.
That scope also includes looking at
current trends in health care and
what may be coming, and positioning
us to be prepared to meet the challenges
ahead. To this end, the ethics, finance,
and fundraising committees invite
participation from all parts of our
East End community.
For the work of the board, in its
generous and skilled help on behalf
of the entire East End community,
I express the gratefulness of all
staff, volunteers, and friends of
East End Hospice.
– Priscilla Ruffin
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East End Hospice Board – Treasured
no end to the things they
| This celebratory
section of our Spring-Summer newsletter
honors a remarkable group of EEH friends
– the members of our board, ever
since our founding as East End Hope
for Hospice in 1987 thanks to the efforts
of Dottie Savage and her loyal friends,
and certification as East End Hospice
in 1991. They participate generously
from towns throughout the East End.
And in no way could we provide such
essential end-of-life services to residents
of the East End without this immeasurable
resource. Expertise for board committees
. . . special events . . . Thrift Shop
. . . Camp Good Grief . . . patient
and bereavement care–
our board members have done it all with
expert energy and devotion! Here are
summaries of our current board’s
personal and professional skills, as
well as their gifts to EEH – with
photographs gathered to honor past and
present members of the East End Hospice
Board of Directors.
EEH Board of
D. Baer, RN, lives
in Florida, New York, and Jamesport
and is a Visiting Professor of
Nursing who advises EEH in health
care issues, problem solving,
as well as with fundraising and
volunteers. Is former chair of
the board’s ethics committee,
leading preparations for Supreme
Court decision on physician assisted
suicide, and lends expertise to
diverse board projects –
among them personnel, clinical research,
Jeremy Goes to Camp Good Grief, residence
projects as well as special events.
Serves on National Hospice Association
Brechter, Shelter Island,
is an Associate Real Estate Broker
and former Owner of Foxfire Real
Estate Company. Devotes time and
energy to furthering the EEH mission
on Shelter Island, serves as a patient
family and Camp Good Grief volunteer,
and chairs a biennial cocktail party
on Shelter Island.
S. Campbell, a real estate
broker living in Quogue, is a patient
family volunteer and frequent hostess
of small dinner parties to introduce
Hospice to new contacts. Active
in fundraising, including service
as chair of EEH Sandacres Gala and
as Camp Good Grief volunteer.
M. Coen, from Florida and
Southampton, is an information technology
and banking operations industry
consultant. Is EEH board treasurer,
finance committee chair, and residence
committee chair, and participates
at Camp Good Grief.
W. Deichert, East Hampton,
is a retired professional engineer.
Advises on operations techniques,
and has served as EEH board treasurer,
chair of the finance committee,
and member of EEH speakers bureau
and opera benefit committee.
V. Evans, a real estate
broker from Remsenburg, is a founding
board member and former secretary
of the board and the founder of
the Thrift Shop with Jeanne Waller.
Has helped with numerous fundraising
events and community programs and
served as a speaker for EEH. Active
in Sandacres, Tree of Lights, and
patient family volunteer training.
Gemake, Water Mill, is
retired from a career in sales and
catering. She joined the board in
2006 and currently serves on the
Box Art Auction committee.
R. Goldfarb, MD, lives
and practices in Southampton and
is affiliated with Southampton Hospital.
Among associations – American
Medical Association, American College
of Physicians, NY Medical Society.
Aids in conveying to practicing
physicians the value of end-of-life-care
issues. Is EEH ethics committee
chair, establishing clinical policy
on removal of life support systems
from patients in home setting. Active
in speakers bureau, Camp Good Grief.
McQuilling Gordon, Esq.,
Remsenburg, is an attorney and former
public school teacher. Former chairman
and board liaison for EEH Golf
& Tennis and East End Open committee
member since 1994.
Stanton Jerome lives in
East Hampton and owns Stanton Capital
Management in East Hampton. Serves
on the EEH finance committee. Active
in the speakers bureau.
Wesley Lowd, retired marketing
executive, lives in Quiogue. Serves
on the EEH finance committee. Developed
corporate fundraising strategy and
McMahon, Remsenburg, is
a retired elementary school teacher.
Currently secretary and development
chair of the board and an active
patient family volunteer. Has served
on executive committee and as chair
and advisor for Sandacres Summer
Gala, and helped with Tree of Lights
in Westhampton Beach.
Patel, MD, Quogue, is a
physician in private practice with
Eastern Suffolk Pulmonology and
affiliated with Peconic Bay Medical
Center. Among associations – International
Surgical Mission and Mt. Sinai Hospital,
NY–Critical Care. Has helped
at Camp Good Grief. In first board
term, presented staff seminar on
clinical management of end stage
pulmonary disease in ALS.
Michael Pitcher, Quogue,
is former editor of the Southampton
Press Western Edition and a freelance
writer. Is a founding member of
EEH and has served as Board of Directors
chair since 1992. Has been active
in speakers bureau and Camp Good
Grief, and as patient family volunteer.
Pizzarello, MD, Remsenburg,
is a Physician and Ophthalmologist
with offices in Riverhead, Southold,
and Southampton; affiliated with
Southampton Hospital. Active as
vice chairman of EEH board and past
chairman of residence committee,
and as Camp Good Grief volunteer.
Protomastro lives in Westhampton
Beach and is retired from the industrial
management field, former president/CEO
of Philips Medical Systems Corporation.
Is a member of the EEH board’s
finance committee, and has helped
EEH with business planning and analysis.
Serves also as patient family volunteer.
Sheehy, Amagansett, is
the chair of the board’s nominating
committee and has been actively
involved in special events fundraisers
for EEH, among them Songs for a
Summer Night Opera and Box Art Auction.
Has led Tree of Lights in East Hampton
since its inception, and with her
husband John has been a patient
family volunteer. Helped secure
East Hampton LVIS grant funding
for Jeremy Goes to Camp Good Grief.
Krauss Weinstein holds
a master’s degree in social
work, and lives in New York City
and Westhampton Beach. Has completed
patient family volunteer training
and helped at Camp Good Grief, and
founded EEH’s Annual Valentine
Salon to benefit Camp Good Grief.
Instrumental in developing East
End Open tennis tournament; has
served on EEH board’s public
A. Ruffin, RN, MS, CS, NPP,
is the president and CEO of East
End Hospice and has been at the
helm since the organization’s
inception in 1990. She facilitated
the agency’s transition from
an all-volunteer palliative care
program to a certified hospice with
clinical staff and volunteer training
programs, community and children's
bereavement care programs, and is
a co-founder of Camp Good Grief.
She has lectured extensively on
topics associated with end of life
issues and grief in a variety of
academic and community settings.
Priscilla holds a master’s
degree as a nurse practitioner in
psychiatry and is certified as a
clinical nurse specialist and trauma
therapist concentrating on issues
of emotional trauma, grief and bereavement.
She’s developed innovative
bereavement care programs for adults
and children and is co-author of
Jeremy Goes to Camp Good Grief,
a book for grieving children – which
has become a best seller in the
professional arena. A companion
book for the caregivers of grieving
children is scheduled for publication
later this year.
J. Avvento, MD, lives in
Manorville and has offices in Riverhead
and Southampton for his practice,
Eastern Long Island Hematology and
Oncology; affiliated with Southampton
Hospital, Eastern Long Island Hospital,
Peconic Bay Medical Center; diverse
associations include American College
of Physicians and American Academy
of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Helps EEH with end of life care
issues with East End physicians
and medical staff.
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Board of Directors 1986-2008
L. Andrus*, East Hampton, 1994-97 Stephen
R. Angel, Remsenburg, 1996-08
Louis J. Avvento, MD, 1991- Ellen
D. Baer, Jamesport/FL, 1995- Jean
Brechter, Shelter Island, 1997- Jane
S. Campbell, Quogue, 1996- Byron
Chandler, Westhampton Beach, 1986-99 E.
L. Childs*, Westhampton, 1986-94 Albert
Cleary, New York, 1991-92 Steven
M. Coen, Southampton/FL, 2005- Anne
Finch Cox*, Westhampton Beach, 1990-95 Michael
J. Cruise, Westhampton Beach, 1986-93 James
de Blasis, Amagansett, 1998-07 Robert
Deichert, East Hampton, 1995- Kathryn
Duggan, Southampton, 1997-02 Jan
Dunay, Westhampton Beach, 2002-04 Dorothy
V. Evans, Remsenburg, 1986- Elizabeth
Failing, Westhampton Beach, 1986-91 Carolyn
Gemake, Water Mill, 2004-06 Steven
Goldfarb, MD, Southampton, 2003- Lorrie
McQuilling Gordon, Remsenburg, 2005- David
H. Hall, Westhampton, 1986-90 Barbara
Hattrick*, Southampton, 1986-93 Lynn
Stanton Jerome, East Hampton, 2008- Charles
E. Johnson*, Westhampton, 1989-90 Susan
Kohl Katz*, Remsenburg, 1995-02 Norma
Lawrence, East Quogue/FL, 1987-88 Norman
L. Leavitt, Remsenburg, 1991-97 Louis
LeGrand, North Fork, 1992-94 L.
Wesley Lowd, Quogue, 1998- James
Makrianes*, East Hampton, 2004 Susan
McAllister, Quogue/FL, 1987-89 .
Kevin McLaughlin, Esq., Cutchogue, 1995-97 Barbara
McMahon, Remsenburg, 2000- Kathleen
McVann*, Westhampton Beach, 1988-91 Virginia
Morris, Sag Harbor, 2001-04 John
C. Morrison*, Water Mill, 1990-95 David
L. Mudd, Southold, 1996-97 Jay
Nuland, Quogue, 1987-89 Jack
O’Leary, NYC/East Hampton, 1998-03 Rajesh
Patel, MD, Quogue, 2006- Susan
H. Peck, Quogue, 1986-92 W.
Michael Pitcher, Quogue, 1988- Louis
D. Pizzarello, Remsenburg, 1993- E.
David Porter*, Wainscott, 1986-02 Dominick
Protomastro, Westhampton /NYC, 2004- Violet
Romeril, Nassau Point, 1991-03 Priscilla
Ruffin, Westhamton Beach, 1990- Dorothy
Savage*, Westhampton Beach, 1986-94 Claudia
Sawicki, Mattituck, 1986-91 Henry
Selby, MD, Quogue, 1995-97 Helen
E. Sheehy, Amagansett, 1993- Barry
Strauss, MD, Southampton, 1998 Esther
Taylor, Southampton/TX, 1988-90 Rev.
Alfred Thompson, East Hampton, 1991-93 Jeanne
Waller*, Westhampton Beach, 1986-03 Jan
Wallinger, Westhampton, 1990 Rose
Walton, Remsenburg/FL, 1993-96 Jacalyn
Weinstein, Westhampton Beach, 2000- Ralph
Wolfe,* East Hampton, 1999-07 * Deceased
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