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A couple’s vision brings comfort and joy to patients and families nearing the end of life

“Is there anything you have left undone?” the Pegasus House Palliative Care team asked.

Kenneth Hausmann was a terminally ill patient in Peconic Bay Medical Center’s intensive care unit (ICU) under the care of the Palliative Care team. 

Kenneth did have one thing left to do: marry his longtime girlfriend, Edna.

Hosting a wedding in the ICU

Working quickly with hospital staff and the local town clerk, the Palliative Care team got to work fulfilling Kenneth’s dream. The next afternoon, surrounded by their children, grandchildren and caregivers, Kenneth and Edna Hausmann exchanged vows.  

The Pegasus House Palliative Care team has provided exceptional care and compassion for hundreds of patients and families with serious medical conditions. Each day, they go above and beyond to provide comfort in suffering, as they did for the Hausmanns. The program is a product of the vision and commitment of Emilie Roy Corey and Michael Corey.

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Pegasus House Palliative Care team

Recognizing a need and meeting it with generosity

In 2007, Emilie had emergency surgery at Peconic Bay over Thanksgiving weekend. She shared a room with a woman nearing the end of her life. As a geriatric social worker, Emilie recognized the signs and wished the hospital had more resources to care for patients and their families during this time.

Emilie and her husband made a transformational gift in 2009 to establish the Pegasus House Palliative Care program within the hospital. Since then the program has drawn high praise.

“My husband and I have been involved with many national and local organizations, but Pegasus House has been the most rewarding project we have ever worked on,” says Emilie. “We have seen its impact on hundreds of patients and families.”

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