Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Announces Thrift Store Opening, Manager

Marlton, NJ, August 11, 2012 --( Amy Buchanan of Blenheim, NJ, joins Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice as the not-for-profit organization’s first thrift store manager, announced President/CEO Mary Ann Boccolini. Samaritan Thrift will open to the public at 10 am on Tuesday, August 14.

Buchanan will oversee the daily operations of Samaritan Thrift, located at 33 Haddon Avenue, Westmont, NJ, including merchandise collection and display, financial activities, volunteer coordination and store promotions.

Buchanan brings more than fifteen years of management and supervisory skills to Samaritan. Her prior experience includes ten years as Controller at Data Business Forms where she managed the daily operation of the office, supervised and trained staff, and directed the financial activities of the organization.

“Amy Buchanan’s work history and customer service skills made her the perfect candidate to open Samaritan’s first retail endeavor,” said Sally Cezo, her supervisor and Samaritan’s Manager of Volunteer Services. “Her business and fashion sense, knowledge of the thrift store market and her service ethic will help her not only raise funds for Samaritan, but raise friends for our organization as well.”

Samaritan Thrift, which will be staffed by Samaritan volunteers under Buchanan’s supervision, is Samaritan’s first retail endeavor to help raise funds for its programs and services. Merchandise includes gently used or new clothing for men, women and children, shoes, household items, and toys.

Thrift store sales will support the Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice patients and families who are not covered by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. “Since 1980, Samaritan has not turned away one hospice patient due to an inability to pay,” said President/CEO Mary Ann Boccolini.

After the public opening on August 14, a grand opening ribbon-cutting celebration will be planned for mid-September, said Cezo.

For more information on donating merchandise, please call Amy Buchanan at 856-240-7248. For information on volunteering, please call Sally Cezo at 856-552-3235.

Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice ─ a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization ─ is the regional leader for palliative medicine, hospice care, geriatric care management, grief support and counseling and end-of-life education and advocacy. These Samaritan programs provide a range of services available throughout the course of an illness and beyond. Samaritan provides care for people in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties who are coping with elder care issues, serious illness, and/or grief. Generous community support last year funded $1.25 million in essential, yet non-reimbursed, services over-and-above Samaritan services covered by Medicare, Medicaid, VA and commercial insurers.
Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice
Christine Alston
(800) 229-8183