Scott Bieler, President and CEO, West Herr New York, recently donated a fully furnished office building, located in Orchard Park, as a most generous gift to Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo. The gift specifically benefits Essential Care for Children, a home-based palliative (symptom control) care program that provides coordination of medical services, as well as psycho-social, emotional, and spiritual support to seriously ill children and their families. Essential Care is a resource for infants through adolescents.

Bieler expressed his desire to provide a meaningful donation, when the time was right, in memory of his dearly beloved parents, Robert & Sally Bieler, who both benefitted from hospice services in 2020. He kept in contact with Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo’s leadership team to learn more about goals, opportunities, and needs of the organization.

Months later, Scott had an opportunity to obtain an office building in Orchard Park, knowing this could match within the organization’s strategy. Christopher Kerr, MD., PhD, CEO & Chief Medical Officer, Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo said that the location could definitely address spatial challenges as the Essential Care team has grown exponentially and moving them to Orchard Park fit in with efforts to expand the awareness and reach in the community. “It’s amazing how things come together for a greater cause,” commented Bieler.

Scott went to work immediately to also donate desks, chairs, and filing cabinets for the incoming staff. The finishing touch needed was conference/education room tables, which MidCity Office Furniture graciously offered to donate and deliver. “Essential Care touched my heart because my son was born with a hole in his heart, and we went through a lot of fear of the unknown and needing help to navigate options,” expressed Steve Sommers, Vice President of Recycled Alternative Solutions, MidCity Office Furniture.

“We were happy to step in to help an organization that provides such compassionate care and navigation to children and their families.” “The majority of services offered through Essential Care, such as nurses and social workers, are funded through charity support, so Scott’s extraordinary gift helps to offset administrative costs and stretches charity dollars for vital services even farther,” shared Dr. Kerr. “Our children are thriving as a result of the incredible generosity from people like Scott Bieler and Steve Sommers.”