Winchester Hospital Wound Center Supports Local Food Pantry in Honor of Patient

12/19/14

Winchester Hospital Wound Center Supports Local Food Pantry in Honor of Patient

Medford, MA (December 19, 2014) – Every month for nine years, Robert DiPalma and his wife Judy, would arrive at the Winchester Hospital Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center in Medford.

Judy, who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis, would be treated in the center while Robert conversed with the staff.

“We got to know them personally,” said Wilmington resident Robert DiPalma. “We knew about their families and what was going on in their lives. It was more than just a patient – health care provider relationship.”

Food PantryWhen Judy passed away three years ago, the staff at the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center wanted to do something to remember her.  

“We were so close to Judy and Robert that we really wanted to honor her memory,” said Gail Forthoffer, nurse manager of the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center.

Since Judy passed away, the Center has collected and donated food in her memory to the Wilmington food pantry, which for the past 24 years Robert DiPalma has operated. This past year, the Center donated more than 300 pounds of food to the Wilmington food pantry.

“During the holidays we always like to help people in need,” said Laura Watson, RN, of the Wound Center. “We wanted to do something meaningful, but also something we had a personal connection to.”

And for Robert DiPalma, the yearly donation is a perfect way to honor his late wife.

“It means so much that people want to remember her like that, and it speaks to how the staff at the Wound Center gets to know you,” DiPalma said. “You’re more than just a patient coming in for treatment, you’re a person and that means a lot to me.” 

To learn more about the Winchester Hospital Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, please visit WinchesterHospital.org/woundhealing

To learn more about the Wilmington Food Pantry, please visit http://www.commfund.org/