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Hospice of South Georgia Recognized as a We Honor Veterans Partner

10/31/2011

 It may surprise people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S.  are

Veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by

these men and women, Hospice of South Georgia has become a national partner of We

Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative

Care Organization (NHPCO), in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

     As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Hospice of South Georgia has implemented ongoing

Veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they

provide to the Veterans they proudly serve.  The nation is seeing many of the Veterans who

served in World War II and Korean pass away – and the number of deaths of Vietnam

Veterans is beginning to rise.

     The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that

demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. “Partners” can

assess their ability to serve Veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign,

integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care to Veterans into their organization.  By

recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness,

Hospice of South Georgia is better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families

toward a more peaceful ending.  And in cases where there might be some specific needs

related to the Veteran’s military service, combat experience, or other traumatic events,

Hospice of South Georgia will find tools to help support those for whom they are providing

care.
   
     The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate

listening, and grateful acknowledgement, coupled with Veteran-centric education of health

care staff caring for Veterans. 

     “We felt that some of the needs of Veterans we serve were possibly being overlooked,

and that we had an opportunity to find better ways to provide care tailored for Veterans,” said

Amanda Patterson, RN, Executive Director of Hospice of South Georgia. “Taking on this

initiative allows us to collaborate more effectively with VA resources to benefit our Veteran

patients and their families.  It is truly our honor to serve those who have served us!”

     To learn more about the partnership with We Honor Veterans and Hospice of South

Georgia, call 1-800-HOSPICE within the agency’s 8 county service area in South Georgia, or

its local number, (229) 249-4100, or visit their website www.hospiceofsouthgeorgia.org.

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