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Hospice of Michigan to Honor Michigan Veterans

Detroit, May 19, 2015 – Hospice of Michigan will honor veterans with a special pinning ceremony in honor of Memorial Day.

Veterans representing each of the military branches will be presented a certificate reflecting their branch of military service and an American flag pin honoring and thanking them for their military service. A special service will be held Friday, May 22 at American House Southgate, 16333 Allen Road, at 10:30 a.m.

Media are welcome to attend.

Hospice of Michigan is a participant of the We Honor Veterans program, a partnership between the Veterans Administration and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, or NHPCO. The program was developed to enhance care for veterans at the end of life and includes both educational and ceremonial elements.

Participating hospices receive training to recognize and treat the unique issues facing military families, provide access to community resources, and facilitate cooperation between VA health agencies and hospice services. As a Level Four WHV partner – signifying the organization has met the highest standards set by the VA and NHPCO for this national program – HOM has trained its care teams in 56 counties across Michigan.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state.  The nonprofit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured.  HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan to Honor Michigan Veterans

Grand Rapids, May 19, 2015 – Hospice of Michigan will honor veterans with two pinning ceremonies in West Michigan in honor of Memorial Day.

Veterans representing each of the military branches will be presented a certificate reflecting their branch of military service and an American flag pin honoring and thanking them for their military service. The pinning ceremonies may also include a special “Missing Man” ceremony honoring MIA/POW service members, a candle-lighting ceremony honoring the sacrifice of family members of veterans, a rifle volley or a performance of taps.

HOM’s pinning ceremonies are open to the public, and media are welcome to attend.

Services will be held as follows:

  • Thursday, May 21 at Sanctuary at St. Mary’s, 1050 Four Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, from 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 27 at Metron of Cedar Springs, 400 Jeffery St., 2:30-4 p.m.

Hospice of Michigan is a participant of the We Honor Veterans program, a partnership between the Veterans Administration and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, or NHPCO. The program was developed to enhance care for veterans at the end of life and includes both educational and ceremonial elements.

Participating hospices receive training to recognize and treat the unique issues facing military families, provide access to community resources, and facilitate cooperation between VA health agencies and hospice services. As a Level Four WHV partner – signifying the organization has met the highest standards set by the VA and NHPCO for this national program – HOM has trained its care teams in 56 counties across Michigan.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state.  The nonprofit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured.  HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Promotes Barbara Anderson to Manager of Philanthropy for West Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 13, 2015 – Hospice of Michigan has promoted Barbara Anderson to manager of philanthropy for West Michigan.

In her new role, Anderson will be responsible for managing the organization’s fundraising program for the western half of Michigan. Her new duties will include managing campaigns, the annual fund and grants. Additionally, Anderson will oversee fundraising events for the region.

Prior to accepting her new position, Anderson spent five years with Hospice of Michigan in various fundraising roles performing duties from event coordination to grant writing. Most recently, she led Hospice of Michigan’s collaborative fundraising effort with the Grand Rapids Ballet for the world premiere of “The Nutcracker” as envisioned by Chris Van Allsburg and Eugene Lee.

Anderson is co-founder of the Young Nonprofit Professional Network of Grand Rapids and has served on its board for seven years. She also serves on the board of the West Michigan Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University.

A native of Ionia, Anderson currently resides in Grand Rapids.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. The nonprofit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured.  HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan at Center of Award-Winning Project by Grand Rapids Community College Students

Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 6, 2015 – A project by students at Grand Rapids Community College documenting the lives of Hospice of Michigan patients received top honors in the school’s Armen Awards.

The series of seven stories, written by members of “The Collegiate” staff working with professor Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, includes a look at the people who provide end-of-life care to HOM patients, from a social worker to a chaplain to a service operations manager. One story documents a day in the life of hospice nurse Holly McKay, who shares this about the passing of a patient: “I remember at the end of the day they went peacefully and, hopefully, how they wanted to – and that brings you your own comfort. You realize that you have been able to make a difference.”

The Armen Awards – named after longtime GRCC supporter Armen Oumedian, who created and funds the awards – honors excellence in service learning. Faculty members lead students in designing and completing service projects that benefit community organizations.

“We are delighted that the remarkable stories of our patients and our hardworking and compassionate employees were captured so beautifully by these students,” said Marcie Hillary, executive director of Hospice of Michigan-West Michigan. “And we are equally delighted and honored to be part of this award-winning effort aimed at exploring the question of how do you live a meaningful life.”

Here’s a look at other stories in the series:

  • In “Sweetheart, I love you,” we meet HOM patient Robert “Bob” Booth and his wife, Bernadette – married 62 years and struggling to manage his achalasia and pulmonary fibrosis and her increasing dementia.
  • In “Don’t take life for granted,” we meet 32-year-old Jeorge Shelden, a married father of three who has been in and out of hospice care for nearly three years and hasn’t been able to get out of bed for more than a year.
  • “Social media is forever” takes a look at what happens to social media accounts after someone dies.
  • “Have you had the talk? (no, not that talk)” offers resources and tips for how to have end-of-life conversations with loved ones.

The stories and a video of the project are available at https://thecollegiatelive.com/hospice/.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state.  The nonprofit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured.  HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Promotes Stacy Malenfant to Grief Support Services Manager

Alpena, Michigan, April 21, 2015 – Hospice of Michigan has promoted Stacy Malenfant to grief support services manager for the organization’s Northern region, serving Alpena, Gaylord, Traverse City, West Branch and surrounding communities.

In her new role, Malenfant will be responsible for one-on-one grief counseling for the bereaved, hosting support groups and coordinating memorial events.

Prior to this new position, Malenfant spent 12 years as a social worker with Hospice of Michigan after performing her clinical internship in the organization’s grief department. She has continued to work closely with grief services throughout her career, making her a natural fit for the position.

Malenfant is a licensed master social worker and holds a master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. She currently resides in Alpena with her husband, Jason, and three children.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. The nonprofit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured.  HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan to Host Journey Through Grief Support Groups

Detroit, April 21, 2015 – Hospice of Michigan will host two Journey Through Grief support groups in June.

The Journey Through Grief program is a series of weekly sessions that offer insight and coping skills for an adult’s journey through grief.  Practical handouts that include information about what to expect when grieving and specific strategies for coping more effectively are provided at each session.

HOM will offer a Tuesday session, meeting weekly June 2-23 at HOM’s Clinton Township office, 44720 Hayes Road, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and a Wednesday session, meeting weekly June 3-24 at HOM’s Southfield office, 26957 Northwestern Highway, Suite 140, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. This program is free and open to the community. Advance registration is required.

For more information or to register, please contact Nancy Hennings at 586.263.8514.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. The nonprofit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

 

Hospice of Michigan to Host Remembering Our Mothers

Traverse City, Michigan, April 17, 2015 – Hospice of Michigan will host Remembering Our Mothers on Saturday, May 9.

Led by HOM volunteers Rev. Peggy Byland and Joanie Abbot, the event will give participants an opportunity to reflect on the lives of their mothers and significant women in their lives who have died. Guests are asked to bring a story and a picture of the woman they are honoring.

The session will take place at HOM’s Traverse City office in the Bay View Center at 10850 E. Traverse Highway, Suite 1155 from 11 a.m. to noon.

This program is free and open to the community. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Holl at 231.929.1557.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. The nonprofit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

 

Hospice of Michigan Seeks Volunteers in West Branch

West Branch, Michigan, April 7, 2015 – Hospice of Michigan will hold a volunteer orientation on Thursday, April 30 in West Branch.

New volunteers are asked to go through a training course where they learn more about HOM, the principles of hospice, the grieving process and how to help patients, families and staff. The session will be held at HOM’s newly opened West Branch location, 2492 Business Loop I-75, Suite 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will include a complimentary lunch. Advance registration is required.

Volunteers are an integral yet often invisible part of a hospice team. Caregiving for a terminally ill loved one can be exhausting for family and friends, and a volunteer can provide opportunities to get away for a needed break.

“If you have a few hours to spare every week, you can make a real difference in someone’s life,” said Kathy Lietaert, volunteer program manager at Hospice of Michigan. “Making a cup of tea or reading the newspaper to someone struggling with illness not only adds normalcy to their day, it gives caregivers much-needed relief and the personal time they need.”

Lietaert said the opportunities for an HOM volunteer are virtually limitless. Some of the ongoing volunteer needs include:

  • Companionship visits and caregiver relief
  • Bedside vigils to ensure that patients in their final hours will not die alone
  • Care by professional massage therapists, hairstylists and manicurists
  • Specialty programs such as pet, music and aroma therapy
  • Seamstresses, crafters and scrappers who can assist in creating birthday or other special occasion cards or leading other hands-on projects
  • Veterans who can reach out to their fellow service members through the We Honor Veterans program, which is designed to address the unique needs of military personnel at the end of life
  • MyStories Program™ in which volunteers record special stories told by the patient

Prospective volunteers will be asked to go through a training course during which they will learn more about HOM, the principles of hospice, the grieving process and how to help patients, their families and HOM staff.

“The best volunteers have a passion for helping others,” Lietaert said. “They are dedicated, compassionate, nonjudgmental and flexible. They may or may not have a specific skill to share, but they have the time and the willingness to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families.

“At some point or other, everyone who volunteers will ultimately get something out of the experience.”

If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities for Hospice of Michigan or to sign up as a volunteer, visit https://www.hom.org/get-involved/. For additional information, contact Lietaert (231.779.5409, klietaer@hom.org) or Amanda Fleming (989.705.2604, afleming@hom.org).

For those who have experienced a loss, HOM encourages a waiting period of one year before becoming a volunteer to allow for the processing of grief.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state.  The nonprofit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured.  HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Holds Time of Remembrance Memorial Service

Big Rapids, Michigan, April 6, 2015 – Hospice of Michigan will hold a Time of Remembrance memorial service on Thursday, May 14 to allow those who have lost a loved one a time to reflect and to remember.

The two-hour program will feature music, readings, poems and an opportunity to share special memories of loved ones in a warm, caring environment. Refreshments will be served after the program.

Time of Remembrance will be held 6 to 8 p.m. at HOM’s Big Rapids office, 400 Perry St. The memorial service is free and open to the community.

For more information or to register, call Tangela Zielinski at 231.527.0913.

 About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. The nonprofit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including At Home Support™, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.