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Media Contact:
Christina Chavira
Communications Specialist
530.332.5589 office; 530.588.4411 cell
christina.chavira@enloe.org

Enloe Hospice partners with We Honor Veterans
to benefit patients

CHICO, Calif., Jan. 9, 2013 – Twenty-five percent of people who die every year in the United States are veterans. To provide care and support that acknowledges the important contributions made by these men and women, Enloe Medical Center’s Hospice program has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Enloe Hospice now routinely asks patients about their military experience in order to better serve them. Currently 50 percent of Enloe Hospice patients are veterans. As part of the We Honor Veterans program, Enloe Hospice will also implement ongoing veteran-centered education for staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the veterans they proudly serve.

“Each veteran, depending on their military experience, will have different health issues,” said Terry Burgoyne, director of Enloe HomeCare Services, which includes Hospice.

By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Enloe is better able to accompany and guide these patients and their families toward a more peaceful ending. In cases where there might be specific needs related to the veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, Enloe will find tools to help support those they are caring for.

“All hospices are serving veterans but often aren’t aware of that person’s service in the armed forces,” said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. “Through We Honor Veterans we are taking a giant step forward in helping hospice and palliative care providers understand and serve veterans at the end of life and work more effectively with VA medical facilities in their communities,” he said. “America’s veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. Now it is time that we step up, acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve.”

The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for veterans. To learn more about We Honor Veterans or to support this important work via a secure, online donation, visit www.wehonorveterans.org.

Hospice care is for any person who may be in the last six months of a serious illness, such as cancer, emphysema, heart failure, renal disease, neuromuscular disease, dementia or any other life-threatening illness. Enloe Hospice offers emotional, physical and spiritual support 24 hours a day. The Hospice philosophy of care focuses on quality of life, and the goals of care are to relieve pain and other symptoms, and to enhance the quality of remain­ing life by keeping the patient as comfortable as possible in a familiar environment with family and friends. We focus our attention on the needs and priorities of our patients, and their loved ones, as they reach the end of life. To learn more, call 530-332-6060 or visit www.enloe.org/hospice.

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Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at http://www.enloe.org. Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif.  95926.

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