HHHC receives $75,000 donation from Good Cheer Society

MERRIMACK – Home Health & Hospice Care recently received a donation from a longtime supporter, the Good Cheer Society.

HHHC traces its roots to 1883 and the founding of the Good Cheer Society by a group of young Nashua women who were concerned with the health and welfare of the community’s poor and disadvantaged.

The members of the Good Cheer Society visited sick mill workers and their children. In 1902, the society hired its first nurse. As the need for services grew over the years, more nurses and supervisors were employed, and the Nashua Visiting Nurse Association was formed, becoming one of the nation’s first VNAs.

For more than 130 years, the Good Cheer Society has continued its support of HHHC, both through the volunteer efforts of its members and through its financial contributions to help support programs. In recent years, the society’s generosity has allowed HHHC to acquire new medical and business equipment.

Dee Pringle, president of the Good Cheer Society, presented a $75,415 check to HHHC’s president and CEO, John Getts. This donation will focus on supporting direct patient care at the Communiy Hospice House, in the home setting, and at assisted-living facilities and nursing homes.

"Each year, the Good Cheer Society’s donation benefits a specific program or area of focus," Pringle said. "Whether the donation is used for the Community Hospice House or HHHC’s Pediatric program, we make sure to support all aspects of HHHC. We are proud supporters of this agency."

Serving 25 communities in southern New Hampshire, HHHC provides traditional home care, inclusive of nursing, rehabilitation, therapies, medical social work and licensed nursing assistants, as well as companions. HHHC’s Hospice teams care for patients in their homes, in nursing facilities and in the Community Hospice House, which is owned and operated by HHHC.