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Ludington Boat Club Hosts 29th Annual Fish Fry/Boil and Auction to Benefit Hospice of Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (July 13, 2017) – The Ludington Boat Club is hosting its 29th Annual Fish Fry/Boil and Auction to benefit Hospice of Michigan from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Ludington Boat Club, located at 502 Lake St., off of S. Washington Ave. in Ludington, Michigan.  Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The menu features boiled salmon, fried Pollack, French fries and a variety of side dishes, topped off by an array of homemade desserts. A quilt raffle, featuring a handmade creation by the Country Quilters Club will be part of the day, along with live and silent auctions. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on auction packages, including a spirits tour and tasting for four at Long Road Distillers. The Boat Club is currently seeking additional auction items, especially those related to boating and fishing and other sporting recreation.

“The Ludington Boat Club is proud to continue this great event that supports Hospice of Michigan’s mission, vision and values,” said Steve Leedham, Ludington Boat Club commodore. “Proceeds will remain in the community, allowing Hospice of Michigan to provide hospice and palliative care to patients and families throughout the Ludington area.”

Since 1989, the Ludington Fish Fry/Boil and Auction has raised more than $297,000 for Hospice of Michigan.

To donate an auction item or for more event information, contact Deb Davis at 231.845.3422 or ddavis@hom.org.

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 nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 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 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. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Seeks Volunteers to Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., (July 11, 2017) – Hospice of Michigan is seeking caring and compassionate individuals to donate their time as volunteers in the Traverse City area. The nonprofit organization will hold a training session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 10850 E. Traverse Hwy. in Traverse City for those interested in becoming a hospice volunteer.

Headed by Hospice of Michigan’s volunteer program manager, Kathy Lietaert, community members who are interested in providing patient companionship will learn about patient care, as well as information about the nonprofit hospice agency, its patients and the benefits that active volunteers may experience. While patient care will be the focus of this session, pet therapy and military-focused volunteers are also welcome to attend, as Hospice of Michigan is always looking to serve the needs of veteran patients.

The Hospice of Michigan volunteer program shapes each contributor’s experience to accommodate their availability and preferences. The training session offers the opportunity to build relationships, develop new skills, and ultimately make a difference in the community.

“Hospice of Michigan is always looking for individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of hospice patients,” said Lietaert. “It’s amazing how the simplest of gestures from our volunteers, from reading a book to lending a listening ear, can impact our patients and their families.”

The training session is open to the public. Please call Kathy Lietaert at 231.779.5409 to register. To submit an online application prior to the session, please visit www.hom.org/volunteer-application/. Paper applications will also be available the day of the session.

For more information about Hospice of Michigan, visit www.hom.org

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 nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 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 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. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan to host free Loss of Spouse event

Cadillac, Mich. (July 10, 2017) – Join Hospice of Michigan for a free seminar and discussion, Loss of Spouse, on moving forward following the passing of a partner from 1-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at the Hospice of Michigan office located at 932 N. Mitchell in Cadillac.

All members of the community who have lost a spouse or partner are invited to attend regardless of whether their loved one received services through Hospice of Michigan. Refreshments will be served.

Author and guest speaker Ron Gries will share excerpts from his book, Through Death to Life, while leading the discussion. When the diagnosis of terminal cancer was given to Gries’ spouse, Patty, a four and a half year journey began that brought the ideals of preciousness of living, sadness of death, totality of grief, wonder of healing and overwhelming power of faith to the forefront of Gries’ life.

By sharing challenges of his grief, Gries helps inspire other grieving individuals on their journey of healing.

To register, contact Will Gasper at wgasper@hom.org or (231) 444-3350.

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 nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 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 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. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan to host a free screening of PBS FRONTLINE documentary-Being Mortal on July 13

FREMONT, Mich. (June 27, 2017) – Join Hospice of Michigan for a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary, Being Mortal, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 at TrueNorth Community Services located at 6308 S. Warner Ave. in Fremont.

The 54 minute film is based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, M.D. and explores the hopes of terminally ill patients and their families, investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and delves into the relationships between patients and their doctors.

Following the screenings, moviegoers are invited to a special panel session with Hospice of Michigan staff, moderated by Renee Wiard, sales team leader. Attendees will learn how to take steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

Panelists include:

  • Cynthia Evans, RN, BSN, nurse case manager
  • Kaye Ferguson-Patton, MDIV, spiritual care advisor
  • Ramona Hancock, LLMSW, social worker
  • Katherine Morrison, MSN, RN, CHPN, clinical director

The event has been approved for continuing education credits (CE) for social workers and licensed professional counselors.

Hospice of Michigan is partnering with TrueNorth Community Services to bring this documentary to the Fremont area.

For more information about the free screenings, please contact Katie Gedraitis at 231.527.0913 or kgedrait@hom.org.  To RSVP, please visit https://hom.convio.net/beingmortal.

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 nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 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 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. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Healing with improv, coping with loss though comedy

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (June 8, 2017) – Join Hospice of Michigan for a Comedy Improv Grief Workshop happening on Thursday, June 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Michael’s Place, 1212 Veterans Drive in Traverse City.

Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after that person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Hospice of Michigan offers a supportive, caring and laughter-filled event to work through the loss.

This workshop is designed to provide a fun and healing experience to those in grief by demonstrating that even in the darkest of times, there is a light forward to joy and hope.  Leading the workshop will be Bart Sumner, founder of Healing Improv, a group that brings the therapeutic power of group improv games to share laughter with all those who need it. After the passing of Sumner’s 10-year-old son, he used his 20 years of experience in improvisational theatre to get himself through the unimaginable.

“When you have lost someone you love, it can feel as if you will never smile again,” said Kathryn Holl, grief support services manager of Hospice of Michigan. “But with this improv group we fight that feeling head on. It reminds people that it is ok to smile and see joy in the world, even after a loved one has passed on. We care not just for our patients, but their family and friends.

Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Hospice of Michigan. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to help support the nonprofit’s programming. Light refreshments will be served. This event is open to all adults in the community but you must register for the event by calling Kathryn Holl at 231.929.1557 or Michael’s Place 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 nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 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 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. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Alpena and Gaylord teams are 2017 recipients of Hospice Honors

We are proud to announce that another Hospice of Michigan provider number—our teams that operate out of the Gaylord and Alpena locations—are the recipients of the 2017 Hospice Honors designation for providing excellent care to patients and families from October 2015-September 2016! They were among only three Michigan agencies to receive this national recognition. (In 2016, our Grand Rapids and Muskegon teams were awarded the Hospice Honors designation.)

Hospice Honors recognition is based on results of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems® (CAHPS) survey. The CAHPS survey, which is sent to all Hospice of Michigan families 30 days following a loved one’s death, highlights 24 quality indicators that measure consumer and patient satisfaction. To achieve Hospice Honors designation, staff needs to receive scores above the national average on more than 20 of the survey’s questions over a six-month period.

Earning Hospice Honors recognition is a testament to the exceptional care our Gaylord and Alpena teams consistently deliver to Hospice of Michigan patients and families across a highly rural geography. It’s wonderful to have a tangible measure that supports the excellence we know is demonstrated daily, not just by our Gaylord and Alpena teams, but by every team across the state.

Hospice of Michigan Raises $256,098 During 2nd Annual Barley, BBQ & Beats

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 25, 2017) – Nearly 1,700 West Michiganders “pigged out” on barbecue, sampled craft whiskey cocktails and rocked out to live music while raising $256,098 during Hospice of Michigan’s 2nd annual Barley, BBQ & Beats held on May 20 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

Proceeds from the event will support the nonprofit’s Open Access program which ensures hospice and palliative care to those who will need it, regardless of their ability to pay.

WBBL-FM morning host, Eric Zane, emceed the evening’s program, which included a special toast led by Mike Damstra, president of Barley, BBQ & Beats’ presenting sponsor, Carelinc Home Medical Equipment & Supply. The tribute honored those who have passed away while celebrating the impact they left on those who attended the fundraising event.

Friendly competition took place immediately outside the arena. Corn Hole, Strategy Drop and Towering Timbers were among the lawn games event goers tested their skills. Inside the arena, the crowd was entertained by local bands, Fast Hands Blues Band, Mid-Life Crisis and Vox Vidorra.

The fundraising event’s centerpiece was taste testing dishes from West Michigan’s finest barbecue pit masters and restaurants, and Michigan-made whiskey cocktails from local and regional distilleries including:

  • American Char
  • American Fifth Spirits
  • Bier Distillery
  • Daddy Pete’s BBQ
  • Dallas Deli
  • Detroit City Distillery
  • Grand Traverse Distillery
  • Gray Skies Distillery
  • Jax Smoke n Sandwich
  • Jonny B’z
  • Journeyman Distillery
  • Long Road Distillery
  • Main Street BBQ
  • Piggies BBQ
  • New Holland Brewing Company
  • Red Cedar Spirits
  • Saladino Smoke
  • Slow’s Bar B Q
  • The Grilling Company
  • Two James Distillery
  • Two Scotts Barbecue

“Thanks to the hard work of our steering and underwriting committees, along with the sponsors, donors and vendors, Barley, BBQ & Beats was a great success for the second consecutive year,” said Marcie Hillary, vice president of community relations, Hospice of Michigan. “This event not only is a significant fundraiser that provides end-of-life care, but also celebrates life, which is what our team does every day with our patients and their families.”

In addition to the presenting sponsor, CareLinc Home Medical Equipment & Supply, other event sponsors included Betz Industries, HansenBalk Steel Treating Company, Meijer and the John Clay Memorial BBQ.

For more information about Hospice of Michigan, or to make a donation, please visit www.hom.org or call 888.247.5701.

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 nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 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 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. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan to host free screening of Being Mortal on May 18 at Crittenton Hospital in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Mich. (April 25, 2017) – Join Hospice of Michigan for a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary, Being Mortal, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 18 at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Auditorium, located at 1101 W. University Drive in Rochester. The 54 minute film is based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, M.D.

The film explores the hopes of terminally ill patients and their families, investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and delves into the relationships between patients and their doctors.

Following the screening, moviegoers are invited to a special panel session with experts moderated by Glenn Garwood, administrative director, emergency services at Crittenton and Wendy Jones, owner of Next Steps 4 Seniors. Attendees will learn how to take steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

Panelists include:

  • Doug Kaherl, associate pastor at Creekside Christian Church
  • Robert Mannor, CELA, certified elder law attorney at Mannor Law Group
  • Denise Gunderson, LMSW, social worker at Crittenton Hospital
  • Michael Paletta, MD, FAAHPM, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer for Hospice of Michigan

The event has been approved for continuing education credits (2.0 CE) for social workers and licensed professional counselors (NBCC) credits.

This event is sponsored by Hospice Foundation of America, and underwritten by the John and Wauna Harman Foundation. Hospice of Michigan is partnering with Crittenton Hospital to bring this documentary to the Rochester area.

For more information about the free screening, please contact Susan Cujar at scujar@hom.org. To RSVP, please visit www.crittenton.com/classes.

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 nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 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 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. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Healing with improv, coping with loss though comedy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (April 18, 2017) – Join Hospice of Michigan for a Comedy Improv Grief Workshop happening on Tuesday, May 9 from 1-2:30 p.m. at Georgetown Senior Center, 7096 8th Street in Jenison.

Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after that person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Hospice of Michigan offers a supportive, caring and laughter-filled event to work through the loss.

This workshop is designed to provide a fun and healing experience to those in grief by demonstrating that even in the darkest of times, there is a light forward to joy and hope.  Leading the workshop will be Bart Sumner, founder of Healing Improv, a group that specializes in bringing the therapeutic power of comedy to all those who need it. After the passing of Sumner’s 10-year-old son, he turned to his love of humor to get him through the unimaginable time.

“When you have lost someone you love, it can feel as if you will never smile again,” said Sue Glover, grief support services manager of Hospice of Michigan. “But with this improv group we fight that feeling head on. It reminds people that it is ok to smile and see joy in the world, even after a loved one has passed on. We care not just for our patients, but their family and friends.”

Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Hospice of Michigan. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to help support the nonprofit’s programming. This event is open to all adults in the community but you must register for the event by calling Sue Glover at 616-356-5255 or Bonnie Chasseur at 616-340-7363.

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 nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 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 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. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Tammy Tarsa Joins Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice as Director of Admissions

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., (March 23, 2017) – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice recently announced Tammy Tarsa as the affiliated nonprofit hospice agency’s director of admissions. In this role, she will oversee Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice admissions activities with a specific focus on referrals. She will also be responsible for integrating sales and organizational strategic goals into the admissions department.

Tarsa will spend time between the hospice’s Southfield, Traverse City and Grand Rapids offices.

The majority of her career in healthcare has been as a nurse for more than 17 years, with the last decade working as a health care administrator for a home health care company.

Tarsa, a resident of Traverse City, received her Associate of Arts in nursing from Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Bachelor of Science in nursing from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and Master of Business Administration from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan.

About Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice in the state, with roots dating back to the 1970s. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Arbor has been providing quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses throughout southeast Michigan since 1984. Combined, the affiliated organization cares for nearly 1,900 patients each day across the state.

Together, HOM and Arbor raise more than $6 million each year to cover the cost of care for uninsured and underinsured patients. Both nonprofit organizations provide a broad range of certified hospice and palliative care services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs, grief support and counseling and caregiver education and support. Additionally, HOM offers education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. Arbor offers inpatient hospice care. For more information about HOM, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org. For more information about Arbor, call 888.992.2273 or visit www.arborhospice.org.