Executive Director: Scott Swift, RN
Family is very important to me. I am the 5th generation of my family to live in the foothills of the Alleghenies on the farm that I still call home. I left only to further my education.
I believe friends are irreplaceable and friendship immeasurable, and there are always more friends to be made. Our worth is gauged by our friendships.
My hobbies are Harley motorcycles and Cadillacs, restoring and cruising.
In 1994, I went to Alfred State to become a registered nurse, continuing on to Utica/Rome SUNY to earn my Bachelor’s degree, and, following that, started my nursing career at Jones Memorial Hospital.
I worked on the medical and surgical floors of Jones Memorial, but knew I was destined for the Intensive Care Unit. After many years serving on all shifts, I became the coordinator of ICU, working there until November 2011, when I joined Hart Comfort House.
I love being able to help people through difficult times, making a difference for residents and their families as they deal with the end of life. All of us at the Hart Comfort House celebrate the lives of those we care for.
Coordinator of Volunteers: Cheryl Van Cassele
I was born and raised on Long Island. I attended college at SUNY Cortland and received my B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Gerontology.
Scott introduced me to my husband Craig while I was working as a hall director at Alfred State College. We were married in 1997 and have lived in the Rochester area, Albany, NY as well as Manitoba, Canada before moving to Wellsville 11 years ago. We have 4 children, Samantha, Zachary, Jacqueline and Sydney.
I had just begun working at Immaculate Conception School as a teacher’s aide when the Hart House was raising funds and awareness to open the doors. I have been a supporter ever since. I was in the first volunteer training class and have loved every minute of my time spent here. Serving as a volunteer has been a most rewarding experience. I can only hope it will be even better as a staff member.
I feel blessed to have been hired as the volunteer coordinator. I am so excited to meet the volunteers I have not crossed paths with as of yet.
Some people may, unknowingly, assume that an end of life facility will be a somber place. The Hart Comfort House is anything but. This is one of the happiest, most joyful places in the county as far as I’m concerned, and I look forward to my time here.