UVM Health Network

Virtual Fun Run raises $60,000 to support McClure Miller Respite House

Staff, Volunteers and Community Partners Participate in Successful Fundraiser

Racers' legs and feet in fun run

COLCHESTER, Vt. – UVM Health Network - Home Health & Hospice completed its 2021 Virtual Fun Run recently, raising $60,000 to benefit the McClure Miller Respite House. 

The weeklong event, held May 7-14, included support from members of the community, Home Health & Hospice staff and volunteers, and a broad range of community partners.

For the past 30 years, the Respite House, Vermont’s only Medicare-certified inpatient hospice facility, has provided compassionate end-of-life services for Vermonters and others in the region, regardless of patients’ ability to pay.

This annual fundraising event, a fun run and walk typically held in person each May, was presented virtually this year, to raise support and offset the costs of services and programs provided by the Respite House. More than 100 individuals participated as fundraisers, generating more than 500 charitable donations.

“For 30 years, the McClure Miller Respite House has been a constant source of reprieve and comfort to Vermonters at the end of their lives and their families,” said Maya Fehrs, Home Health & Hospice’s director of Development. “We rely on support from our community every year to ensure access to our services for all. The annual Fun Run and Walk provides crucial funds for the Respite House. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s event a success.” 

Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group.

Home Health & Hospice also recognizes the following sponsors: Lamoureux & Dickinson, REM Development, Mirabelle’s, Springfield Printing, Pomerleau Real Estate, The Automaster, New England Federal Credit Union, Hanson & Doremus Investment Management, GW Tatro, Empire Corp, Keene Medical, People’s United Bank and Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC.

About The University of Vermont Health Network – Home Health & Hospice 

UVM Health Network -Home Health & Hospice, formerly the Visiting Nurse Association, is a 115-year-old organization dedicated to delivering health care to patients wherever they call home in Chittenden or Grand Isle counties. It is Vermont’s oldest and largest non-profit home health and hospice organization. 

Its visiting nurses, physical, occupational and speech-language therapists, licensed nursing assistants and personal care attendants bring high-tech professional clinical care directly to patients’ homes, wherever home is. This includes skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. 

Home Health & Hospice care spans the lifetime and includes comprehensive nursing care for adults and children, rehabilitation services, chronic disease management, an adult day program, palliative care services and compassionate end-of-life care, provided either at home or at Colchester’s McClure Miller Respite House, Vermont’s only Medicare-certified inpatient hospice facility. 

Last year, Home Health & Hospice served more than 4,500 individuals and provided nearly $2 million in charitable care to neighbors in need. We are proud to be a funded agency of the United Way of Northwest Vermont. 

For more information on services and programs, please call (802) 658-1900 or visit UVMHomeHealth.org.

About The University of Vermont Health Network 

The University of Vermont Health Network is an integrated system serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives. The partners are:

Our 4,000 health care professionals are driven to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our affiliates remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.