August 14, 2011GAINESVILLE, Ga. – It may surprise many 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 Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Hospice of NGMC 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 Korean pass away – and the number of deaths of Vietnam veterans is beginning to rise. “We are excited about the opportunities available through the partnership with We Honor Veterans to enhance our own understanding and sensitivity to our veterans and their life experiences,” says Rhonda Rogers, LCSW, Hospice of NGMC social services coordinator.
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 NGMC 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 NGMC will find tools to help support those they are caring for.
“As a daughter of a WWII veteran, I am passionate about improving veteran services,” says Marcia Howell, LCSW, a social worker with Hospice of NGMC. “While caring for my father in the last year of his life, he was able to tell me more about his experiences than ever before. During his medical appointments, he was deeply touched when the staff commented on his military history. The recognition and appreciation of his service meant a great deal to him, and I want to continue to do that with other Veterans.”
For more information about We Honor Veterans or Hospice of NGMC, call 770-219-8888 or 1-888-572-3900 or click to visit the We Honor Veterans page.