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Memorial Hospital Recognizes National Hospice Palliative Care Month

Celebrating 68th Wedding Anniversary at
Memorial Hospital's Skilled Nursing Unit

Members of Memorial Hospital's Hospice team, front, from left, Linda Werner, Office Manager; Regina Yates, Aide; Tina Route, BSN; Lisa Ceraolo, MD, Hospice Medial Director; Carole Gehring, LPN and Susan Black, LSW, ACSW. Back row, from left, Richard Davis, Hospice Chaplain; Diana Robbins-Smith, RN; Sharon Cullen, RN; Trudy Ventello, LSW; Rosie Harkness, RN; Disa Delauro, RN, Administrator; and Jamelle Hartman, BSN.

According to Disa Delauro, RN, Administrator of Memorial Hospital's Hospice, people living with a life-limiting illness can receive care such as expert pain management, symptom control, emotional support, and spiritual care while remaining at home when a cure is not possible. Care is provided by a highly trained team of professionals and volunteers.

Memorial Hospital's hospice care is often provided in the home - allowing people to be with their families and loved ones in familiar surroundings at the end of life. Hospice care is also available for patients in the hospital or in a nursing home.

Hospice makes sure that people receive comfort, love and respect during one of life's most challenging times - the journey at life's end. The compassionate way that hospice helps maximize the quality of life is at the center of this year's hospice month theme which is comfort, love and respect.

Trudy Ventello, LSW, Memorial Hospital's Hospice volunteer coordinator says, "I've seen firsthand how our dedicated volunteers provide companionship, support, and a shoulder to lean on at a time when it's needed most."

Five members from the Memorial Hospital Hospice team attended conferences in October and November. Sharon Cullen, RN, CHPN and Trudy Ventello, LSW, attended the Palliative Care Conference in Las Vegas. Susan Black, LSW, ACSW; Tina Route, BSN and Regina Yates, CHPNA, attended the National Hospice and Palliative Care conference in Florida.

    The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) offers six important things to know about hospice:
  1. Hospice care is usually provided in the home - wherever the patient calls home.
  2. Hospice cares for people with any kind of life-limiting illness.
  3. Hospice is fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private health plans and HMOs.
  4. Hospice is not limited to six months of care.
  5. Hospice is not "giving up"; rather the focus is on caring, not curing.
  6. Anyone can contact hospice - so call today to learn if hospice is right for you or your loved one.

For information about Memorial Hospital hospice, please call Disa Delauro, RN, Administrator at 268-2374 or Trudy Ventello, LSW, at 268-2233.

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MEMORIAL HOSPTIAL
Press Release
November 14, 2012
Contact: Jeff Russell 268-2444