Twigs-Thriftree Volunteer Organization Donates $100,000 to Northern Westchester Hospital

The Twigs, a volunteer arm of Northern Westchester Hospital, donated $100,000 to support four Northern Westchester Hospital programs. The gift, raised primarily from sales at the Twigs Thriftree Thrift Shop, located on Lexington Avenue and around the corner from NWH, will be allocated to caregiver, cancer, community health, and integrative wellness programs at the Hospital.

“The Twigs’ mission is to donate all net proceeds from Shop sales and fundraisers to NWH and its affiliate programs,” says the organization’s volunteer president Maureen Kilfoyle, who presented the $100,000 check to NWH President and CEO Joel Seligman at the Twigs 53rd Annual Luncheon celebrating its volunteers’ “endless efforts and boundless enthusiasm.”

Each of the following NWH programs will receive $25,000: The Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center (KHCC), where family caregivers find respite and support; The Bruce and Andrea Yablon Cancer Health and Wellness Program, created to empower patients diagnosed with cancer to live a healthy lifestyle in ways that powerfully touch mind, body and spirt; the Community Health Education and Outreach Program, which partners with schools and local groups to build a healthier community; and the Integrative Medicine Program, dedicated to enhancing patients’ health and wellness.

In addition to their annual financial gift, Twig members with an ‘artisanal touch’, create patient comfort items such as layettes, cough pillows, tray favors, and baby blankets, hats and sweaters. Over the last 12 months, Twigs donated 78,500 volunteer hours, whether working in the Shop or crafting comfort items for patients.

Since its founding in 1945, when early Twigs members held teas, bridge parties, and harvest festivals in support of NWH, the group has escalated its fundraising through operation of its Thriftree and to date has donated over $3.5 million to the hospital. In recent years, the group's generous contributions have made possible the Twigs Serenity Garden outside the Emergency Department and the Twigs Healing Garden in the Cancer Health and Wellness Center plus gifts earmarked for specific equipment for women and children.  Today, the group has approximately 150 adult members, as well as teens who volunteer in the Thrift Shop. For shop hours, to make a donation or for additional information on the Twigs Thrift Shop, contact 914-666-6557 or visit www.twigsofnwh.org. You can also follow the Twigs on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.

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About Northern Westchester Hospital:
Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), a member of Northwell Health, provides quality, patient-centered care that is close to home through a unique combination of medical expertise, leading-edge technology, and a commitment to humanity. Over 650 highly-skilled physicians, state-of-the-art technology and professional staff of caregivers are all in place to ensure that you and your family receive treatment in a caring, respectful and nurturing environment. NWH has established extensive internal quality measurements that surpass the standards defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) National Hospital Quality Measures. Our high-quality standards help to ensure that the treatment you receive at NWH is among the best in the nation. For more information, please visit www.nwhc.net and connect with us on Facebook.

About Northwell Health:
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 22 hospitals and over 550 outpatient facilities. We care for more than two million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 62,000 employees – 15,000+ nurses and about 3,900 physicians, including more than 2,800 members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.

Contact:
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Northern Westchester Hospital

Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), a proud member of Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System), provides quality, patient-centered care that is close to home through a unique combination of medical expertise, leading-edge technology, and a commitment to humanity.