Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame Makes Donation

Hospice donation

Shown in ront row, from left: Dr. Patrick Kilduff, Medical Director, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, and Jim Martin, Chapter President, Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame. Back row, same order: Karel Zubris, Chapter Historian, Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame, and and Diane Baldi, CEO, Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

The Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame recently donated equipment to Hospice of the Sacred Heart to assist with telemedicine and remote visits with patients. The generous donation included two Apple iPads and 10 smart phones. 

“We are grateful to our friends at the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame for their donation of equipment that will aid in remote care for our patients and provide a human connection between patients and their family members,” said Diane Baldi, CEO, Hospice of the Sacred Heart. 

The Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame endeavors to perpetuate the memory of local athletes, male and female, who have brought lasting fame and recognition to the state of Pennsylvania through their athletic achievements and community involvement. Eligible for such distinction are those individuals who have brought similar recognition to the state through their contributions to sports through general managerial, promotional, and other influential capacities. 

“In the advent of the current crisis that we are presently facing together, we must push forward to create an environment of inclusion. We must reestablish and strengthen this communication factor, at a time when people are battling depression, loneliness and isolation. In our service to the community, we hope to parallel the mission of Hospice of the Sacred Heart by providing Comfort, Care, Hope and Choice to patients and their families,” said Jim Martin, Chapter President, Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame. 

The chapter holds an annual Induction Banquet, presents a Scholar-Athlete Award to male and female high school seniors chosen from school districts in chapter counties and proudly support worthwhile causes in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The chapter also maintains a museum-like exhibit at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.  

“The COVID-19 world crisis is unprecedented and this donation will go a long way to assist with clinical services that can now be provided remotely via secure video and audio connections. It also enables family members to visit remotely with their loved ones under our care. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has made face to face visits with some patients difficult or impossible,” said Dr. Patrick C. Kilduff, Medical Director, Hospice of the Sacred Heart.