Hingham family donates $1 million to create Pat Roche Hospice Home endowment fund

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October 5, 2022 by Carol Britton Meyer

Hingham residents Karen and Rob Hale have donated $1 million to NVNA and Hospice through their family foundation, Fox Rock Foundation. This endowed gift will support the end-of-life care offered to families at the Pat Roche Hospice Home in Hingham, regardless of financial circumstances. The Foundation’s recent donation is part of their $52 million commitment in 2022: $1 million a week for 52 individual non-profits.

NVNA and Hospice -- which serves the entire South Shore community and operates the hospice home as part of its charitable mission -- celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2020.

Founded in 1920, NVNA and Hospice is the largest independent visiting nurse and hospice non-profit serving the South Shore, promoting the full continuum of home care to its daily census of 750 patients across 27 South Shore communities.

Recognizing a need for a hospice home to serve a specific and growing demographic, NVNA and Hospice invested in a 12-room residence on Turkey Hill for patients seeking another place to spend their final days when their home was not an option.

“Hospice access is an urgent healthcare priority,” commented Karen Hale of Fox Rock Foundation. “The Pat Roche Hospice Home is a powerful resource for the South Shore community, and our family foundation is honored to invest in this mission so that everyone has access to this extraordinary care.”

The staff is committed to providing patients with comfort and peace, offering spiritual and emotional support as they are surrounded by their loved ones. “This is a significant gift from the Hale family, and we are profoundly grateful for their confidence in our care,” said NVNA and Hospice CEO Renee McInnes. “Our mission as a nonprofit is to serve all hospice patients with dignity, and philanthropy is a critical part of that story.”

Fox Rock Foundation is the private family foundation established by the Hales and their adult children, Trevor, Thomas, and Brett, to inspire health in our communities and our environment, with more opportunity for all. Building on the philanthropy of the Hales and their businesses, Fox Rock Foundation supports a wide variety of organizations within four principal areas of giving: education, health and wellbeing, conservation, and equality.

Fox Rock Foundation’s current focus is a series of grant partnerships with small and midsized nonprofits making a difference on a variety of causes in New England and beyond. Fox Rock Foundation builds on the philanthropy of Granite Telecommunications, where Rob is founder and CEO, Granite Gives Back, FoxRock Cares, and other personal giving by the Hales. Through a variety of giving channels, the Hale family has pledged or donated more than $300 million to a broad range of worthy causes.

As a nonprofit organization, NVNA and Hospice relies on philanthropy to expand and sustain its clinical program and operate the Pat Roche Hospice Home.

Recognizing the need for charitable support to sustain the hospice house, a fundraising Board of Trustees was established. Thanks to the generous support of the community investing in their mission, NVNA and Hospice has raised over $12 million for patient care since 2014.

In 2021, NVNA and Hospice concluded their $6.4 million campaign with donations benefitting the Pat Roche Hospice Home. The cost of providing hospice services far exceeds the reimbursement that NVNA and Hospice receives from Medicare and other sources, which leaves a financial gap that can only be filled by philanthropy. This provides the margin of difference amidst continuing Medicare cuts. Community support in the organization's mission has allowed NVNA and Hospice to expand its reach, and continued philanthropy will be a significant part of that story moving forward.

For more information or to make a donation to NVNA and Hospice, visit https://www.nvna.org/nvna-and-hospice-charitable-fund/.

2 thoughts on “Hingham family donates $1 million to create Pat Roche Hospice Home endowment fund”

  1. At the most difficult time in a family’s life–certainly in mine–the Pat Roche Hospice Home and NVNA have been a true Godsend. Thanks so much, Rob Hale!


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