October 1, 2009
Family members and friends of Maureen Lippert Rago recently attended a dedication ceremony for the newly renovated and expanded Palliative Care Unit.
Friends and family members of the late Maureen Lippert Rago recently gathered to dedicate the newly renovated Palliative Care Unit on Mercy Hospital’s 5th floor in her memory. Nicknamed South Buffalo’s “Flower Girl,” Rago was a South Buffalo native and longtime resident who lost a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer in 2006.
A 1973 graduate of South Park High School, Maureen was the devoted wife of Frank Rago, Jr. for 32 years and beloved mother of Frank III and Hilary (Rago) Smith. Throughout her adult life, she worked at various occupations but always returned to her true passion – floral arrangement. Maureen’s pink, two-story Victorian house was a testament to her sense of beauty and her love of flowers. On any summer day, she could be found outdoors, tending to her beloved plants.
In 2007, the family and friends of Maureen sponsored a motorcycle run and benefit, “The Reena Rago Ride for Mercy” with proceeds benefiting palliative care at Mercy Hospital. The event exceeded all expectations and raised over $30,000.
The newly renovated Palliative Care Unit features four private patient rooms, a semi-private room and a spacious family room. Each room features a warm, home-like atmosphere with comfortable furnishings and amenities. Working in partnership with Hospice Buffalo, the unit's staff are specially trained to help patients and their families who are facing the end of life’s journey.