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Hospice of Michigan to host free screening of Being Mortal on April 18 at Gaylord Evangelical Free Church

GAYLORD, Mich. (March 31, 2017) – Join Hospice of Michigan for a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary, Being Mortal, from 6  to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 at Gaylord Evangelical Free Church, located at 1649 M-32 in Gaylord. 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 to learn how to take steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

Panelists include:

  • Jeanne Hough, LMSW, director of care management at Otsego Memorial Hospital
  • Michele LaFave, MD, medical director at Hospice of Michigan
  • Pamela Lynch, ANP, internal medicine nurse practitioner at Otsego Memorial Hospital
  • Pastor Jim Mathis, associate pastor at Gaylord Evangelical Free Church
  • Paul Slough, estate planning attorney with Kirkpatrick, DuBois and Slough PLC

Hospice of Michigan partnered with Otsego Memorial Hospital to bring this documentary to the Gaylord area.

For more information about the free screening, please contact Rachael Olson at 989.705.2603 or rolson@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.

Hospice of Michigan Hosts Volunteer Orientation

 

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., (Mar. 24, 2017) – Hospice of Michigan is looking for compassionate members of the community to volunteer their time in helping to comfort others. A training session to highlight this rewarding work is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 10850 E. Traverse Hwy. in Traverse City.

The training session will focus on patient care, including important information about the nonprofit hospice agency, providing companionships to patients and the benefits that active volunteers may experience. Patient care involving pet therapy, pet visits and veteran focused opportunities will also be highlighted.

The session, headed by Hospice of Michigan’s Volunteer Program Manager Kathy Lietaert, will prepare participants to provide patients with attention and interaction designed to enhance the end of life experience, as well as offer a much needed respite to daily caregivers.

“No matter your area of expertise, as a volunteer for Hospice of Michigan your efforts to help those who are experiencing a difficult time will be appreciated by patients and always remember by their loved ones,” Lietaert said. “The ability to expand our services to northern Michigan provides a valuable learning opportunity for volunteers looking to contribute their time to a rewarding experience for all parties involved.”

Hospice of Michigan’s 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.

Volunteer training is open to the public. Call Kathy Lietaert at 231.779.5409 to register for the class. 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 and Arbor Hospice Announce Lee Ann Myers as Executive Vice President Finance, Chief Financial Officer

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (March 14, 2017) – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice recently promoted Lee Ann Myers to executive vice president finance, chief financial officer. Myers will expand her role with the affiliated nonprofit hospice agency in leading business and administration operations, as well as continue oversight of finance, patient financial services, information technology, electronic medical records, data solutions, data services, property management and contract services.

Myers joined the nonprofit hospice in 2000 as controller and most recently, she served as vice president, finance/chief financial officer.

“In her 17 year career with our organization, Lee Ann has made significant contributions to Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice by providing the structure, stability and accountability which helped us transition from a multitude of regional hospices to a statewide hospice provider with national influence,” said Robert J. Cahill, president and CEO of Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice.

Myers, a Canton, Michigan, resident, is a certified public accountant and received her Bachelor of Science in business administration from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

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.

Hospice of Michigan Recognized for Excellent Care Across Western Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Feb. 23, 2017) – Hospice of Michigan recently earned a 2016 Hospice Honors designation for providing excellent care to patients and families within Grand Rapids, Muskegon and communities throughout western Michigan. Quality care delivered by the Hospice of Michigan teams operating out of the Ada and Muskegon, Michigan offices earned the nonprofit hospice and palliative care agency a spot among only four providers across the state to receive the national recognition.

Hospice Honors are based on results of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey. Issued across many health care disciplines, the CAHPS survey measures many aspects of consumer and patient satisfaction, including communication skills of providers and ease of access to health care services. The survey is administered by Deyta Analytics, presenters of the award.

All Hospice of Michigan families receive the evaluation highlighting 24 quality indicator measures 30 days following a loved one’s passing. The western Michigan staff received Hospice Honors for scoring 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 Grand Rapids and Muskegon teams consistently deliver to Hospice of Michigan patients and families across western Michigan,” said HOM President and CEO Bob Cahill. “It’s wonderful to have a tangible measure that supports the excellence we know is demonstrated daily.”

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

ROCHESTER, Mich. (Feb. 17, 2017) – Join Hospice of Michigan for a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary, Being Mortal, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 25 at Oakland University’s Oakland Center Gold Room, located at 321 Meadow Brook Road 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 WJBK Fox 2 Detroit’s Deena Centofanti. Attendees will learn how to take steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

Panelists include:

  • Christopher J. Berry, JD, CELA, certified elder law attorney
  • Judy Didion, Ph.D., RN, dean of Oakland University School of Nursing
  • Elysa Koppelman-White, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Oakland University
  • Jennifer J. Matthews, Ph.D., assistant professor at Oakland University
  • Dr. 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 (2.0 CE) for social workers and licensed professional counselors (NBCC) credits.

Hospice of Michigan partnered with Oakland University to bring this documentary to the metro Detroit area.

For more information about the free screening, please contact Susan Cujar at scujar@hom.org. To RSVP, please visit https://bit.do/oakland-u.

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 and Arbor Hospice Strengthen Affiliated Organization with New Hires and Promotions

DETROIT (Feb.16, 2017) – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice continue to strengthen the affiliated nonprofit organization with the announcement of new and promoted staff. These individuals will help facilitate both hospice agencies’ quality care provided to more than 1,900 patients each day throughout the state of Michigan.

Alison Wagner has been promoted to director of volunteer services and complementary therapies. Wagner began her career with Hospice of Michigan in March 2014 as a volunteer services program regional manager. She is responsible for overseeing 600 statewide volunteers and 19 staff members who provide comfort and peace to patients and their families. Wagner also manages the nonprofit’s complementary therapy programs that include music, massage and pet therapies. These programs provide hospice patients direct interaction with skilled clinicians to bring pain and anxiety relief. Wagner, a resident of Farmington, Michigan, has a Bachelor of Arts in business, a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance with minors in flute and piano all from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts in arts administration from New York University.

Joining the affiliated organization as sales representatives are Susan Cujar, of Troy, Michigan, and Kim Little, of Garden City, Michigan. Cujar serves Livingston County. Her last position was with Trinity Health at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Homecare and Hospice, and she has more than 20 years of biotech and pharmaceutical sales and management experience.

Little is responsible for sales and marketing in western Wayne County and Southern Oakland County. Previously with Heartland Hospice, Home Care and Home Infusion, she brings more than nine years of hospice sales experience to the affiliated organization.

Heather Doom, of Willis, Michigan, has been hired as a program assistant for the Hospice of Michigan Institute, Anchors Programs for Children and grief support and volunteer services that serves both organizations. In her new role, Doom will help coordinate new hire orientations and the university online education tools.

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.

 

 

Hospice of Michigan Hosts Healing Hearts Luncheon

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., (Feb. 3, 2017) – Hospice of Michigan will host a Healing Hearts luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13 at the Hospice of Michigan office, 10850 E. Traverse Hwy. in Traverse City. This program is free and open to members of Traverse City and the surrounding communities. Advance registration is required.

The event will offer the opportunity for participants to discuss their journey through mourning, learn coping techniques, and remember and celebrate loved ones who have passed. Kathryn Holl, grief support services manager for Hospice of Michigan will lead the discussion. A light lunch will be served.

For more information about the Healing Hearts luncheon or to register, please contact Holl at 231.929.1557.

Support groups and events are free and open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Hospice of Michigan. For more information about Hospice of Michigan and its full list of grief support programs, 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.

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Hospice of Michigan Adds and Expands Traverse City Team

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Feb. 2, 2017) Hospice of Michigan is growing its Traverse City team with the promotion of Michelle Gallagher and the addition of Anne Schippers to the nonprofit hospice agency which serves more than 80 patients each day throughout the city and surrounding communities.

Gallagher, a member of the Hospice of Michigan Foundation team since 2015, has been promoted to philanthropy specialist. She is based out of Traverse City and is responsible for donor communications among northern Michigan supporters. Gallagher is a resident of Traverse City, Michigan and has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Schippers, of Traverse City, Michigan has been hired as a volunteer program coordinator and is responsible for recruiting and training volunteers throughout the Traverse City region. Schippers received her Master of Management from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, 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 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.

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Hospice of Michigan Hires Andy Holtgreive as Senior Director

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Feb. 2, 2017) Hospice of Michigan is pleased to announce Andy Holtgreive as senior director of marketing. Holtgreive has direct oversight of the nonprofit’s marketing team. His responsibilities include development and implementation of strategies that support growth initiatives. Holtgreive reports directly to Robert Cahill, Hospice of Michigan’s president and CEO.

In 2015, Hospice of Michigan created the role of senior director and Holtgrieve joins peers Shelia Hay, senior director of clinical operations; LeeAnne Jamieson-Peeters, senior director of quality compliance and organizational integrity; Eric Kaplan, senior director of information technology; and Krista Newman, senior director of business integration and contact center.

Senior directors work closely with the executive team, developing strategic plans for the affiliated organization of Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, as well as work with their respective teams delivering quality, end-of-life care to patients and their families.

Holtgreive, a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was a Hospice of Michigan Foundation board member for seven years prior to joining the organization as a full time employee. He has nearly 15 years of sales and healthcare experience with various organizations including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, United Healthcare, Hylant, and most recently with Bank Financial Services Group (BFS Group) as the senior vice president of sales. Holtgreive has a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and communications from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, 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 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.

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Hospice of Michigan to host free screening of Being Mortal on Feb. 6 at Vogue Theatre

MANISTEE, Mich. (Jan. 31, 2017) – Join Hospice of Michigan for a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary, Being Mortal, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6 at Vogue Theatre, located at 383 River Street in Manistee. 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 at 7:15 p.m. Attendees will learn how to take steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

Panelists include:

  • Katie Gedraitis, grief support service manager at Hospice of Michigan
  • Sarah Howard, executive director of Manistee County Council on Aging
  • Dawn Leedham, BSW, care coordinator at Spectrum Health
  • Jan Tilotson, volunteer at Hospice of Michigan

Hospice of Michigan partnered with Manistee County Council on Aging to bring this documentary to the Manistee area.

For more information about the free screening, please contact Katie Gedraitis at 231.845.3423 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.