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Thursday, June 12, 2014 - Munson Hospice Enrolls as 'We Honor Veteran' Partner

Munson Hospice Enrolls as ‘We Honor Veterans’ Partner
The recognition reflects the organization’s commitment to honoring veterans

Munson Hospice recently joined the ranks of organizations committed to providing high quality care and service to U.S. veterans by enlisting in the “We Honor Veterans” campaign.

The pioneering campaign was started by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The “We Honor Veterans” partnership reflects Munson Hospice’s commitment to implement ongoing veteran-centered education for staff and volunteers to help improve the care for the veterans they serve.

“These men and women have made an important contribution to our nation through their service,” said Shari Wilson, RN, president of Munson Hospice. “This partnership means that we are joining other organizations in the nation who are implementing best practices for providing end-of-life care to veterans.”

The “We Honor Veterans” program provides members with training and tools to better help guide veterans and their families to a peaceful end of life. When there are specific needs related to a veteran’s military service, combat experience, or other traumatic events, Munson Hospice commits to working with veterans’ groups, or finding the appropriate expertise to help support the veteran patient.

The resources of “We Honor Veterans” focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgement, coupled with education for providers and hospice staff.

“All hospices are serving veterans, but often are not aware of that person’s service in the armed forces,” said J. Donald Schumacher, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 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 care facilities in their communities.”