Monday, February 11, 2008

Home Health & Hospice pays tribute to Goulder

New Hampshire lost a one-of-a-kind original last week with the death of Mort Goulder. He was a man of indomitable energy and curiosity who was versed on innumerable topics.

Mort was not a man of subtlety, nor in my experience did he waste time on nuance. He was direct in his communication and could be relied upon to share an outspoken opinion based upon his perception of the issue.

In the late 1990s, Mort was an important supporter of the capital campaign that built the Community Hospice House. He took this position because he believed in the mission of the organization to provide care to individuals at the end of life regardless of their ability to pay.

While he supported the mission, however, he expected the Hospice House to generate sufficient income to deliver extraordinary value to the community without bankrupting its parent organization, Home Health & Hospice Care.

Mort served two terms as a trustee of the Community Hospice House Foundation, using his considerable influence to chart the future direction of the House.

Mort was extremely generous to organizations whose missions resonated with his personal value system. He believed that all organizations should be well-managed and dedicated to the elimination of any waste that might hinder the delivery of services in a safe and timely fashion.

In health care, that philosophy translated to advocating for quality care in the home and Hospice House. He remained "on message" during his final hospital stay, challenging staff while planning the next stage of his own recovery.

During one visit to his bedside, he informed me that he had experienced substantial physical setbacks and longed to return home. I told him that the minute he left the hospital, Home Health & Hospice would be there to assist him with his recovery. He beamed, winked at me, and said that he expected nothing less!

Home Health & Hospice Care and the Greater Nashua community is a better place for having known Mort Goulder, and his boundless enthusiasm for life will be missed.

Dr. Karen Baranowski
Home Health & Hospice Care

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