The Heartbeat of Hospice Savannah

Providing hope to families during a time of need.

The Heartbeat of Hospice Savannah

Twenty-three percent of caregivers of the terminally ill die before the recipient does. The caregiver’s health declines as their stress increases and it’s often hard for them to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hospice Savannah opened up the Caregiver Institute in 2015 to address this problem by offering services such as yoga, education, and health checkups to the caregivers. As hospices around the country are on life support due to a lack of funding, it’s become evident that in order for them to continue operating, these hospices need a caregiver of their own. That’s what the Kaminsky family is to Hospice Savannah. Without Myron, his wife Fran, his brother Danny, and his sister Toby, Hospice Savannah would flatline.

The Kaminsky family has been involved with Hospice Savannah since they opened in 1979. Myron Kaminsky took a keen interest in the concept at the outset when his sister Toby was diagnosed with cancer. Fortunately, Toby survived and so has their commitment to the belief that someone who has a terminal illness should be able to live and die with peace and meaning. Not only did Myron buy into the concept; the entire family did. His wife Fran recruited nearly half of the current board members. The Kaminskys fund Camp Aloha. For every car sold, they donate to the camp, essentially paying for the entire program, which supports children of the terminally ill.

“We are about the continuum of care, so we start working with families from the time of diagnosis to death and through grieving as well,” says Hospice Savannah Vice President Jamey Espina. “If the support that exists dies within one generation, so do we. If you want a nice community, you have to pass that responsibility down as the Kaminskys have.”

“As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, I want to thank our partners and our champions,” says Espina. “They’ve brought so many people through the doors that have allowed us to stay open. We would not be here today if it weren’t for the Kaminskys.”