WAYNE – It may surprise many people to learn that 25% of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans.
According to a release from Providence Medical Center, to help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Providence Hospice has become a national partner of ‘We Honor Veterans’.
‘We Honor Veterans’ is a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As a ‘We Honor Veterans’ partner, Providence Hospice will implement 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 Korea 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, Providence Hospice 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, Providence Hospice will find tools to help support those they are caring for.
NHPCO President & CEO Edo Banach said, “we thank Providence Medical Center Hospice for partnering in the We Honor Veterans program. ‘We Honor Veterans’ partners are committed to providing quality Veteran-centric care to the Veteran patients they serve. They understand how a Veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, could impact their end-of-life experience.”
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 through a secure, online donation, visit www.wehonorveterans.org.
Banach added, “VA shares a common goal with our nation’s hospices, and that is to provide the best possible care specifically tailored for Veterans, meeting their goals of care in their preferred setting. As we focus on working together and unite our services and skills, ‘We Honor Veterans’ will channel our combined strengths directly to Veterans – wherever they are receiving care.”
Visit providencemedical.com or call 402-375-3800 for further details.