Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently awarded Abraham House a $3,000 Health and Wellness Award to support their Guest and Family Services. This program was created to maintain consistency in guest and family care, ensuring that high standards of quality and excellence are maintained daily. The guest-centered care model promotes interpersonal communication and daily documentation that strengthens relationships with Abraham House guests and families.




“We want our guests to be comfortable, supported and loved,” explains Kim Todd, Abraham House assistant director. “This program provides our families with much needed emotional support during a very difficult and vulnerable time in their lives. Navigating death is never easy. With this program, we can meet our guests wherever they are in their journey.”

Guest and Family Services will be supported by a robust volunteer program designed to take some of the burden off caregivers.  Volunteers can assist with phones, answering the door, cooking meals, cleaning, greeting guests’ families, or reading, talking, and playing cards with Abraham House guests. To learn more, visit www.theabrahamhouse.org.

Abraham House provides terminally ill guests and their families a safe and loving home, with all the support needed for dignified end of life care, free of any financial burden. Caregivers provide compassion, comfort and round the clock care in a safe home environment.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Health and Wellness Awards support programs that conduct ongoing work or initiatives designed to improve community health and health outcomes. Health disparities are complex and can have many causes. These awards are given to programs that address specific health conditions or factors linked to health disparities.


“Providing access to high-quality health care is core to our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” shares Eve Van de Wal, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield regional president. “We are proud to provide Abraham House with this essential community health funding to support the care of guests and their families during this challenging time.”


Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is committed to supporting local organizations that improve community health. The company’s corporate giving follows all applicable laws and regulations and does not support funding organizations that conflict with its corporate mission, goals, policies or products.


Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Utica region encompasses Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and St. Lawrence counties.


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