Ferrara, a board member at Jamaica Hospital, will be the namesake of the facility’s newly renovated hospice care unit. The Ferrara Family Center for Hospice Care, a $1.2 million project, is officially underway.
“I had reservations about using my family name,” Ferrara admitted. “We don’t do things because of notoriety, it’s not what we do.”
But hospital executives convinced him that it would be better than a nameless hospital unit, which warmed him to the idea.
Hospice care is for terminally ill patients at the end of their lives. It’s meant to provide comfort for both families and patients.
“The citizens that we serve in our hospital deserve quality care until the end,” Ferrara said. “It’s the right thing to do.”
Ferrara’s late wife was in hospice care until she passed away, so he knows how important it is.
“The quality of care we give here is just as natural,” he said. “We care for them when they’re alive and we care for them when they’re leaving us.”
The renovated unit will have extra large private rooms, a family lounge with a kitchen, and other amenities.
“When you meet the hospice care staff, I don’t care where you go, you will not meet a more dedicated, caring staff anywhere,” Ferrara said. “They’re just an amazing group of people. It’s just wonderful we can give them better tools to do their profession.”