Description: The Baystate Special Travelers Fund provides assistance, on a small scale, for family members/close friends who cannot afford to visit with a terminally-ill patient at Baystate Medical Center, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Baystate Mary Lane Hospital or on service with the Baystate Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice. The fund pays for 100% of the most economical regularly scheduled round-trip air/train/bus fare to and from Springfield, Massachusetts. The fund may also provide for convenient lodging and round-trip ground transport from Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, Connecticut or the Springfield bus, train station or funds for petroleum to/from our Baystate Health hospitals in Western Massachusetts.
How to donate to the fund: This fund accepts memorial contributions in the names of loved ones or relatives, at all contribution levels. Funds are received via mail at Baystate Special Travelers Fund, c/o Baystate Health Foundation, 280 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199. 100% of the revenue received by this Fund goes directly to providing services to Special Travelers.
How to apply: If the requirements have been met (see "Requirements" below);
- Complete the application form located in the "Resources" toolbox to the right.
- Fax (413-794-3670) or email (email@example.com) a complete application form, signed by the patient, if possible, to the fund administrator, Deborah Morsi, Ph.D., R.N., chief nursing officer, Baystate Health.
- The patient's treating physician makes the final determination of whether a patient's medical condition qualifies him or her for a visit.
Mission: To bring hope, strength and joy to terminally-ill patients of Baystate Health by reuniting them with those they love. This fund will fulfill its mission thanks to those individuals, organizations and corporations that provide coordination of travel services, support and donations. Individuals interested in supporting this fund will find opportunities to help, regardless of location, income or time commitment.
Honorees: The fund was established in 2003 by Dr. John Spellman, and his daughter, Suzanne Hendery. The first donations honor Sharon Smith, a registered nurse and former vice president of patient care services at Baystate Medical Center who died on July 24, 2004. Friends of Baystate Health may also wish to honor a loved one by making a tax-deductible contribution of $3,000 or more in memory of a friend or relative. A contribution of $3,000 might host two friends/family members for a visit to a terminally-ill patient. The name of the loved one would then be added to that of Sharon Smith in whose memory this fund was established.
Donations: This fund accepts memorial contributions in the names of loved ones or relatives, at all contribution levels. Funds are received via mail at Baystate Special Travelers Fund, c/o Baystate Health Foundation, 280 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199. 100% percent of the revenue received by this Fund goes directly to providing services to Special Travelers.
Requirements: The applicants for funds from the Baystate Special Travelers Fund must be unable to afford the travel expenses to Springfield, Massachusetts and be:
- Medically-fit for travel to Springfield, Massachusetts, USA and at least 6 years of age.
- If traveling by air, and a U.S. citizen, have a valid U.S. Government issued identification with photograph; or a passport for travel and other required documentation for entry into the United States.
- Visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Requests are limited to one patient, one-time only, for one or two financially disadvantaged travelers, at a cap of $1500 total.
- Be family members or friends of a Baystate Medical Center, Baystate Franklin Medical Center or Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in-patient or a patient on service with Baystate Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice with a terminal medical condition.
- Depending on the nature of the request, those travelers benefiting should make some contribution (if possible) and not rely 100% on funds for their trip from the Fund.
- At the end of the visit, 2 copies of a report describing the experience are required, as well as permission to use the report for promotional use of the Baystate Special Travelers Fund. Photographs of the travelers with the patient (with names identified) are also accepted.
Privacy Statement: Baystate Health, the Baystate Health Foundation, AAA Pioneer Valley, the travel agencies and The Baystate Special Travelers Fund respects the privacy of the families it serves. We consider all patient information confidential and will not discuss the information with outside parties unless the patient and travelers have given consent.
Estimated level of donations: The goal is to grant one travel request the first year and two or more requests each year after, subject to funding being available.