Hospice Residence Arranged patient Visit with Harry Connick Jr.

Submitted by Caryn Starr-Gates

Thomas McGovern of Verona, New Jersey, is receiving hospice care at Peggy’s House, the Center for Hope residence in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, where the staff goes the extra mile to make each day the best it can be for its patients. McGovern was recently treated to such a day when he expressed his desire to see his favorite entertainer, Harry Connick, Jr. in the recent production of “The Sting” at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Upon hearing this, the Center’s staff arranged for McGovern, his cousin and a center nurse, Wendy Smith, LPN, to attend the show. Unbeknownst to McGovern, the center also arranged for a private audience after the play with Connick. McGovern had also been a performer in his younger years and was thrilled with his special day. He and his traveling companions also appreciated that the center had arranged for transportation as well to make the trip as easy as possible.
The Center for Hope Hospice offers hospice and palliative care at Peggy’s House and Father Hudson House in Elizabeth, as well as in patients’ homes, other medical and long-term care settings. For more information about the Center for Hope, visit cfhh.org or call (908) 889-7780.

(above, l-r) Thomas McGovern with Harry Connick Jr.