Palliative Care Initiative

Association of Faculty and Friends - Pallative Care

AFF has supported Palliative Care at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and within the local community for over 20 years. It has donated broad information resources on palliative care (books, DVDs, CDs, educational syllabuses, etc.) to the Hershey Public Library, the "Women's Center Library" at HMC and updates these educational resources routinely. AFF also has donated funds to provide special furnishing and supplies not commonly available in a hospital setting so that palliative care patients and their families may have an enhanced layer of comfort.

AFF members who volunteer to serve on its Palliative Care Committee should undergo the accredited training for palliative care visitation. They must also attend the hospital volunteer orientation program.

These volunteers donate their time and energy in a number of ways to help Palliative Care service:

  • Visit patients and/or their family members.
  • Sponsor a bereavement note program to send messages of support and caring to bereaved families along with helpful information resources for coping with the loss of a loved one.
  • Participate in fundraising events such as the annual Kalenak Memorial Golf Classic Tournament to benefit Palliative Care Service at HMC.

To find out more about the Palliative Care Initiative, visit:

AFF Palliative Care Volunteers Coordinator: Behjat Noori¿ 

10th Annual Kalenak Memorial Golf Classic
Monday, May 19, 2014
Hershey Country Club - West Course

  • Registration and Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  • Scramble Tournament: 1:00 p.m.
  • Reception and Awards: 6:00 p.m.

The Golf Classic was started in 2003 by Dr. Alexander Kalenak in memory of his late wife, Kay, as a way to raise funds and awareness about the need for Palliative Care in the Hershey community.  During his wife's illness, Al realized that patients like Kay could benefit from a team approach that integrated medical, emotional, and spiritual support.  Dr. Kalenak had a long and distinguished career as an orthopedic surgeon in the Hershey area and served as the team physician for the Penn State Football team.  Since its inception, the Golf Classic has raised more than $250,000.

Dr. Kalenak passed away in 2009 but his legacy of supporting palliative care keeps going on.  Palliative Medicine is medical care focused on providing comfort for the seriously ill through the relief of symptoms and stress.  This type of medical care is useful at any stage of illness and can be provided along with curative treatments.  The work of Palliative Care Service staff is dedicated to their strong belief that individuals should live well and attain the highest quality of life, regardless of the nature or severity of their illness.