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Hospice of Michigan Partners with Grand Oaks Nursing Center to Host ‘Empowering Your Voice, Honoring Your Decisions’

Free Community Event to Focus on Planning for Health Crisis Before It Happens

BALDWIN, Mich. (Oct. 30, 2018) – Members of the community who would like to learn more about planning for a potential health crisis are invited to attend Empowering Your Voice, Honoring Your Decisions on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Grand Oaks Nursing Center, located at 600 Denmark St. in Baldwin. Hospice of Michigan is partnering with Grand Oaks Nursing Center for the free event.

Focusing on your plans and wishes in the event of a health crisis before it happens, the discussion will be hosted by Hospice of Michigan’s Respecting Choices First Steps® ACP Certified Facilitator. Attendees will also learn how that knowledge can empower them to select the care they want if they ever need to rely on someone else for their decision-making.  The program will also cover Advance Directive documentation, which will be explained and provided.

Registration for the event is recommended by contacting Heather Volkema at hvolkema@hom.org or 231.342.0795. Light refreshments will be served.

The Grand Oaks Nursing Center is located in Baldwin, Mich. and possesses the highest U.S. government rating available for nursing homes throughout the country.

For more information, please visit www.hom.org or peplinskigroup.com/locations/grand-oaks/.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the nonprofit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701

Hospice of Michigan Partners With Lighthouse for Veterans, Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan—be nice to Host Educational Event on Suicide Loss and Prevention

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 8, 2018) – Members of the community who would like to learn more about suicide loss and prevention are invited to attend a special screening of Suicide: The Ripple Effect, on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Bulldog Cinema, located at 1100 Maple St. in Big Rapids. Hospice of Michigan is partnering with Lighthouse for Veterans and the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan – be nice for this screening.

The movie tells the story of Kevin Hine’s suicide attempt by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge and is part of a global mission to help reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts around the world.

A panel discussion will be featured following the movie, and additional community resources will also be available, including an action plan on how to help someone who might be contemplating suicide.

To register for this event, please contact Katie Gedraitis at kgedrait@hom.org or 231.527.0913.

Lighthouse for Veterans was established in November 2017 to remember those lost to veteran suicide, as well as their families, while also supporting the veterans who are still with us.

For more information, please visit www.hom.org or https://www.lighthouseforveterans.org.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the nonprofit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701.

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice Promote Attorney Gregory J. Parry to General Counsel

Veteran Lawyer Played Key Roles in Post-Affiliation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Sept. 17, 2018) – Hospice of Michigan and its affiliate Arbor Hospice are pleased to announce the promotion of attorney Gregory J. Parry to general counsel.

Hospice of Michigan hired Parry in 2015 as director of contract services. Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice affiliated in 2016. Parry is credited with playing key roles integrating the agencies. Parry first added director of real estate to his title placing him in charge of 20 commercial and healthcare facilities and managers across Michigan; achieved joint CHAP accreditation for contract services; guided the sale of Hospice of Michigan’s headquarters in Detroit; contracted and oversaw pivotal and time sensitive renovation projects including The Residence of Arbor Hospice’s relocation to Saline, and makeover of administrative headquarters in Ann Arbor; and provided valuable legal and business counsel.

As general counsel, Parry will provide strategic and daily legal, business, and risk management advice to executive and high-level leadership. Parry will remain in charge of contract services and real estate.

First in his family to attend college, Parry graduated from Western Michigan University. From there, he graduated from Michigan State University College of Law, Magna Cum Laude. Parry worked in private practice for 20 years including Butzel Long PLLC, and Dickinson Wright PLLC, specializing in complex regulatory matters and transactional due diligence mostly representing Fortune 500 companies.
Parry is rated “AV Preeminent 5/5” by Martindale-Hubbell® – highest peer review score for legal ability and ethics. The watershed events of 9/11, followed by Hurricane Katrina, inspired Parry to deepen his focus and expertise in legal and business risk management. In 2009, Parry earned his Masters of Homeland Security Leadership from University of Connecticut / U.S. Naval Post Graduate School. Parry has earned professional praise for his cutting-edge approaches to proactively spotting and avoiding legal and business risks. In 2011, Michigan Lawyers Weekly honored Parry as among the State’s elite “Leaders in the Law.”

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the nonprofit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701

A Closer Look at Our Music Therapy Program

Music has a universal power to affect emotions. The right kind of music can enhance relaxation to ease pain and anxiety. Research has shown the effectiveness of music therapy even in patients resistant to other treatment approaches. Our music therapist engages patients with music in ways best suited for their needs and preferences.

Watch the video below to see an example