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Hospice of Michigan to Host ‘A Time of Remembrance’ Virtual Grief Support Event

Online memorial to be held on November 10 to honor and remember lost loved ones

LUDINGTON Mich. (Oct. 28, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan, the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, will host an online ‘Time of Remembrance’ grief support event via Zoom on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. Any individuals or families who have lost a loved one, regardless of whether they received care from Hospice of Michigan, are welcome to attend the free program.

Attendees will take the time to honor and reflect upon the loved ones they have lost in their lives through readings and reflections. Participants are also encouraged to share photos of their friends or family members during the hour and a half event.

Hospice of Michigan is sensitive to the continuing impact of COVID-19 and the anxiety felt by those grieving the loss of a loved one during these uncertain times. Virtual sessions ensure bereaved individuals and families receive uninterrupted emotional support while protecting their physical well-being, as well as that of Hospice of Michigan’s volunteers and staff.

To sign up for the ‘Time of Remembrance’ event, please contact Katie Gedraitis at (231) 845-3423 or email kgedrait@hom.org. A Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

Virtual grief support sessions offer the same content as in-person sessions as well. Attendees can join by phone or computer and may register for as many sessions as they would like. For more information on Hospice of Michigan’s virtual grief support groups and sessions, please visit the not-for-profit’s Virtual Touch Programs website or www.hom.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 not-for-profit 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 5,400 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan, Arbor Hospice Launch $1 Million Statewide Van Allsburg Pediatric Hospice Art Program

Virtual experience provides fun, educational and creative opportunities for pediatric patients and their families to express themselves artistically

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Oct. 22, 2020) – Two clay owl sculptures crafted in an elementary school art class decades ago by Lisa and Chris (author, The Polar Express, Jumanji) Van Allsburg’s daughters are the inspiration behind the $1 million Van Allsburg Pediatric Hospice Art Program recently created by Hospice of Michigan (HOM) and Arbor Hospice.

Part of Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, the initiative provides expressive art sessions to pediatric hospice patients and their families across Michigan’s lower peninsula. Children participate in a variety of art mediums which take them on journeys exploring animals, nature, distant lands or wherever their imaginations lead them – all in a virtual setting from inside the comfort of their own home.

Anne Krenselewski of Grand Rapids, a retired art teacher specially trained to work with seriously ill children, teaches these special one-on-one sessions at least twice a week on a volunteer basis. Families are mailed the necessary art supplies prior to their first session, and once each household receives the items, the virtual programs can begin.

“These art sessions have provided a nice time for us to do something relaxing and fun together as a family,” said Lisa Bozeman, a Dexter, Michigan mother whose five-year-old son had been served by the Anchors Programs’ care. “Anne and the entire Anchors team have been extremely supportive through all of this, and the art program was the perfect thing that came along at the perfect time. We’ve been able to do this at home where we’re relaxed and comfortable, and that’s been very reassuring.”

The Van Allsburg Pediatric Hospice Art Program is designed to cater to and support an entire family – not just the patient. In fact, Lisa and her older son, who is nine, get the most out of this experience.

“My nine-year-old really wasn’t into art during school,” added Lisa. “But these virtual sessions and the special time he gets to spend with his brother have made him feel good – and that makes me happy.”

Lisa Van Allsburg, a former schoolteacher herself, single-handedly inspired several prominently generous Michigan philanthropists to join her and her husband, Chris, in establishing the program. The Steve and Amy Van Andel Foundation, The Towsley Foundation, Richard and Norma Sarns and an anonymous donor responded to the Van Allsburgs’ appeal, quadrupling their $250,000 donation into the program’s $1 million funding milestone.

“Art is a big part of our family’s life,” said Lisa. “It fills our home and the precious owls our daughters made are more valuable to Chris and me than anything we’ve collected. There’s nothing more pure or meaningful than a child’s masterpiece, and we’re thankful to our friends in the community who share that belief and have joined us in taking the program from a dream to a reality. Art is healing, and through this program, Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice can bring additional comfort to pediatric patients and their families.”

When the nonprofits started exploring ways to launch the Van Allsburg Pediatric Hospice Art Program, they discovered Krenselewski, a recently retired teacher who had the time and resources available to teach these sessions. Krenselewski taught for 45 years, 20 of which were spent as an art teacher.

“I get so much out of this; teaching and providing these art sessions for pediatric patients and their families is arguably the most meaningful thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Krenselewski said. “With this virtual environment, it’s much more intimate because you’re doing the classes one-on-one, and everything doesn’t have to be perfect – and that’s the beauty in all of this. The kids have more choices and opportunities to thrive in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by their families.”

These lessons offer much more than creative expression. The home-based sessions provide pediatric patients and their families an enjoyable respite from the pressures and realities surrounding end-of-life.

“We don’t focus on the child’s medical issues during these lessons. We focus on the family unit,” said Nicole Johanson, an Anchors pediatric social worker. “A lot of love and joy has been brought to our patients and families who have been able to access program. Anne is amazing, and you can tell how incredibly talented she is and how much she enjoys teaching these art lessons. Our families love working with her.”

Pediatric social workers like Johanson offer the Van Allsburg Pediatric Hospice Art Program to families with children who are under HOM and Arbor Hospice’s care, and so far, clients have been very receptive and willing to give it a try. Once families are signed up, they can participate in the weekly sessions, which last between 45 to 60 minutes.

“Every child we care for has a unique story to tell,” said Jim Fahner, M.D., founder and pediatric medical director for Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children. “The Van Allsburg Pediatric Hospice Art Program will help them tell it. We are grateful to the Van Allsburgs for spearheading this transformative program and to our other philanthropic supporters for their continued generosity.”

“As a hospice nurse for 15 years, one of the things I’ve learned is that there is no one as wise as a child who’s living with a terminal illness,” added Amy Van Andel, co-founder of the Steve and Amy Van Andel Foundation and supporter of HOM’s Van Allsburg Pediatric Hospice Art Program. “Being able to see this launch from the ground up has been a pleasure to see and be part of – and it speaks volumes of the dedication and commitment of our communities for patients loved ones.”

HOM and Arbor Hospice welcome additional donations to the Van Allsburg Pediatric Hospice Art by contacting Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer Marcie Hillary at mhillary@hom.org or 616-356-5256. Funding will also support the nonprofits’ existing plaster mold art therapy program, which captures three-dimensional hand keepsakes for patients and families.

For more information about HOM’s services, please visit www.hom.org. For information about Arbor Hospice, visit www.arborhospice.org. Details about the Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children can be found at www.anchors4children.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 not-for-profit 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 5,400 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Welcomes New Volunteer Program Coordinator

Breanna Rodwell is responsible for coordination of volunteers to meet patient and family needs

FREMONT, Mich. (Oct. 16, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan is pleased to announce Breanna Rodwell as its new volunteer program coordinator in West Michigan, serving the Big Rapids, Fremont and Ludington communities.

In this position, Rodwell is responsible for identifying and recruiting patient care volunteers for Hospice of Michigan’s robust volunteer program, which uses the gifts of people from across the state to give comfort and care to patients at end-of-life.

Rodwell comes to Hospice of Michigan from the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, where she spent eight years as the office manager for the department. Her experience also includes positions at the Little Traverse Bay Bands Police Department, serving as a dispatcher and the dispatch manager. She earned an Associate of Arts in business from North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, as well as certificates in business management and supervision from Ferris State University in Big Rapids. Rodwell currently resides in Fremont.

“Hospice of Michigan is made up of a wonderful, caring, loving group of people that make a positive impact on people’s lives in our communities across Michigan,” said Rodwell. “In the short time I’ve been here, I have learned that hospice care is about love and compassion. I am proud to be part of a team of individuals doing everything they can to provide the best care and comfort for our patients.”

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 not-for-profit 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 5,400 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Calling All Veterans: Hospice of Michigan Partners with Older Persons’ Commission and Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital to Celebrate Veterans Week

Seeking submissions of military uniforms and stories of service

ROCHESTER, Mich. (Sept. 14, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is partnering with Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) and Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital (APR) to celebrate Veterans Week and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The organizations are seeking submissions of military uniforms and stories of service to be used in a series of Veterans Week events in November. The week’s activities will consist of veterans’ tributes, memorial pinnings, military flag and uniform displays, and a virtual celebration. A detailed list of needs includes:

To register, please visit www.interfaithunderstanding.org. Upon registration, attendees will be sent information to access the memorial service and live Zoom discussion.

  • Military uniforms to be displayed at APR on Tuesday, Nov. 10
    • All items will be returned
    • WWII items are preferred, but all uniforms will be considered
    • Photos of items for consideration must be submitted by Thursday, Oct. 1 to myveterancelebration@gmail.com
  • World War II veteran stories of service and events to be highlighted during the OPC’s veterans virtual celebration on Thursday, Nov. 12

Members of the military and their families are also encouraged to save-the-date for a community tribute and memorial pinning event that HOM will host in the afternoon on Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township.

Please email questions, submit stories or request information about lending your military uniform via email to myveterancelebration@gmail.com.

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 not-for-profit 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 5,400 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

We Remember: Interfaith Memorial Event to Bring Families of all Faiths and Hospices Together

Annual service to be held virtually, coordinated by local hospice organizations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (Aug. 28, 2020) – Families of all beliefs are invited to take part in We Remember, the sixth annual community interfaith memorial, which will be held virtually at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Participants will have the opportunity to process the many forms of loss experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of this years’ service will be resilience.

The annual event will offer a 45-minute memorial service, streamed on Facebook and YouTube, followed by a 45-minute live discussion group via Zoom. The service will feature music, reflection, prayer and poetry from various traditions. The live discussion will offer large group and chat-room style spaces to virtually connect with others under the facilitation of bereavement counselors.

“Thanks to the combined efforts of our area hospice agencies, the annual community interfaith memorial continues to offer a space that honors the shared experience of loss,” said Kyle Kooyers, associate director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute. “In this pandemic season, we know that folks across all walks of life are carrying grief and loss in many forms. Whether you’ve lost a loved one, lost a job, or lost the ability to experience significant life events as you’d hoped, we invite all to come and join us as we lean into resilience together.”
During the memorial service, representatives from the secular community, Bahá’í, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Indigenous, Islam and Jewish faiths will lead prayers, songs, reflections and readings.

There will be a 45-minute live discussion on Zoom for attendees to talk about their losses and grief experiences in a safe and welcoming space. Given the pandemic, this is a challenging time for many. Those who have experienced losses over the past year, of any kind, are most welcome to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos or a memorial item to be shared in this virtual space.

To register, please visit www.interfaithunderstanding.org. Upon registration, attendees will be sent information to access the memorial service and live Zoom discussion.

We Remember is collaboratively coordinated and supported by Center for Inquiry Michigan, Dominican Center at Marywood, Emmanuel Hospice, Faith Hospice, First Islamic Center of West Michigann, Heartland Hospice, Hospice of Michigan, Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Kindred Hospice, Spectrum Health Hospice and The Bahá’í Faith Community.

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 not-for-profit 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 5,400 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Recognized for Excellence in Comfort Care

The not-for-profit organization honored with national Hospice Honors recognition

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (July 23, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM)

has been recognized for providing exemplary care to patients and families by HEALTHCAREfirst through the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey. Quality care delivered by HOM teams in Alpena, Gaylord and across Southeast Michigan earned Hospice Honors status.

Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospice organizations providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. Issued across a variety of health care disciplines, the CAHPS survey measures many aspects of consumer satisfaction between October 2018 and September 2019, including communication skills of providers and ease of access to health care services.

All Hospice of Michigan families receive the evaluation highlighting 24 quality indicator measures following a loved one’s passing. The Alpena, Gaylord and Southeast Michigan teams scored above the national average on more than 20 of the survey’s questions.

“The Hospice Honors recognitions are a result of a million small things done with consistent and genuine care for the wellbeing of Hospice of Michigan patients and families,” said HOM President and CEO Bob Cahill, “This is a testament to our care teams who support and believe in the not-for profit mission providing end-of-life care to every person, every time. We are honored to be highly-regarded by the patients and families we serve, and I’m personally honored to be a part of such a wonderful collection of hardworking and compassionate people.”

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 not-for-profit 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 5,400 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan, Arbor Hospice to Host Virtual Camp Session For Children in Michigan Coping with Grief

Nonprofits’ annual Camp Good Grief shifts to Zoom format to provide opportunity for fun, sharing and healing during COVID-19 pandemic

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (July 15, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) and Arbor Hospice both members of the NorthStar Care Community, are hosting a virtual version of its annual Camp Good Grief, a popular, one-day retreat for children in Michigan who are coping with grief after experiencing the death of a loved one. The free program will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15.

The Virtual Camp Good Grief is for children ages 8-17 – allowing them an opportunity to address their feelings and remember their loved ones through a variety of activities focused on grief education and emotional support, including arts, crafts, music and conversation. Children will also find comfort knowing there are others just like them who have experienced a similar circumstance and can relate to how they are feeling – opening up possibilities to create new friendships that will last long after camp is over.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely tough on all of us, especially children. Add the fact that many of these kids are experiencing the loss of a loved one, and that’s a lot of emotion happening at the same time,” said Karen Monts, director of grief support services for Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. “This new virtual format is an advantage simply because logistics no longer present a barrier, allowing us to reach families from all corners of the state.”

All activities during the virtual camp session will be administered and facilitated by caring and qualified Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice grief professionals and music therapists.

Attendees will have all supplies provided to them free of charge.

Registration for Camp Good Grief is due by Friday, July 31. Families interested in participating are encouraged to register as soon as possible by visiting the registration page, as space is limited. A Zoom link will be provided upon signup.

Prior to camp, Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice will provide a brief educational session for adults or guardians to learn more about this new, virtual format and what their children can expect during the session.

For more information about the Virtual Camp Good Grief, please contact the following individuals or visit www.hom.org.

  • Jackie Morris: (313) 578-6328 or jmorris@HOM.ORG
  • Katie Gedraitis: (231) 845-3423 or kgedrait@HOM.ORG
  • Margie Martin: (734) 769-5821 or mmartin@arborhospice.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 not-for-profit 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 5,400 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

About Arbor Hospice
Arbor Hospice, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, provides quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses throughout Washtenaw County and surrounding communities. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, Arbor offers certified community-based and inpatient hospice services and palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, as well as grief support services and community education programs. Through other NorthStar Care Community members, Arbor also provides 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 Hospice of Michigan. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, visit www.arborhospice.org or call 888-992-2273.

NorthStar Care Community Answers the Call for Newly-Launched National Hotline

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (July 13, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, founding members of the NorthStar Care Community (NSCC), have joined a national telephone referral network of 70+ not-for-profit providers, under the umbrella of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI).

When faced with a serious illness or need for end-of-life care, some individuals may prefer a not-for-profit hospice and palliative care provider with deep roots in their community. Finding a care provider that’s driven by a mission to serve, not by profits can be even more difficult when searching for care providers for an out-of-town family member. 844-GET-NPHI (844-438-6744) will connect families with a not-for-profit provider closest to their loved one.

NSCC will provide the infrastructure for the hotline, in addition to joining this national telephone referral network. NSCC is uniquely qualified to support the NPHI’s telephone referral network, tapping into its existing technology and expertise operating a 24/7 contact center for Hospice of Michigan, Arbor Hospice and 11 other hospice organizations across the country.

When individuals call 844-GET-NPHI (844-438-6744), the NSCC contact center staff will answer on behalf of NPHI and provide the caller with a list of local NPHI member providers closest to their loved one. NSCC and its affiliated brands will remain anonymous to callers, ensuring the referral process is kept fair.

“The NorthStar Care Community is proud not only to be a participant in this referral network, but to answer the call for families across the country in their time of need,” said Bob Cahill, president and CEO of the NorthStar Care Community. “Both Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice offer a 24/7 Contact Center staffed by 58 employees to make sure care is always a phone call away for patients and families in the communities we serve. We’re proud to be part of this national network that makes a complicated long-distance process simpler. Our goal is to help people get the care they need from the clinicians they want.”

Since its launch this spring, the NPHI hotline has received 191 calls for referrals across the country.

“The infrastructure and technology NorthStar Care Community provides allows us to connect patients and caregivers with not-for-profit member organizations across the nation,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, president and CEO of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation. “We’re pleased to run the national telephone referral hotline through NSCC because their knowledgeable employees already understand the unique needs of hospice patients and caregivers, and they are able to provide seamless operations and continuity of care.”

NSCC was formed in 2017 by two legacy not-for-profit hospice agencies – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. Together, both organizations have been serving communities across the lower peninsula of Michigan for more than 40 years, ensuring all who need end-of-life care, regardless of age, diagnosis or ability to pay, has access to it. Through their partnership, NSCC offers an extensive array of integrated programs and services which range from core hospice programs to pediatric services, palliative care to education and training. To learn more, please visit www.northstarcarecommunity.org or call 888-247-5701.

For those looking for care across the county, please call 844-GET-NPHI (844-438-6744) to learn about the NPHI member or other not-for-profit care-at-home providers.

About NorthStar Care Community

NorthStar Care Community (NSCC) was created to preserve and promote the mission of nonprofit hospice and palliative care – to deliver expert, compassionate care to patients of any age, no matter their diagnoses, complexity of care, place of residence or ability to pay. NorthStar Care Community was formed in 2017 by two legacy nonprofit hospice agencies – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice – and also includes NorthStar Palliative Care, the NorthStar Institute and Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children. As members of the NSCC family, the organizations combine operational resources in order to maximize support at each patient’s bedside, delivering the highest standards of care to those who are seriously ill. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve more than 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information about NorthStar Care Community, visit www.northstarcarecommunity.org

About the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation

The National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI), formed in 2014, is a collaborative of 70+ not-for-profit, community-integrated, hospice and palliative care providers from across the United States who play a unique role as a crucial safety net for the sickest, most vulnerable patients in the communities they serve. For more information, visit www.hospiceinnovations.org.

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice Receive Donations to Facilitate Virtual Visits for Hospice Patients

Nearly $30,000 in gifts from regional foundations will purchase iPads for patients to connect with caregivers and loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (May 27, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) and Arbor Hospice both members of the NorthStar Care Community, have received generous grants totaling nearly $30,000 from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation in Traverse City, Jennie V. Kerr Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan in Alpena and The Jones Family Foundation in Ann Arbor.

The grants will fund the purchase of 70 iPads to facilitate virtual visits with Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice’s care team, as well as help connect patients in isolation to their families. The devices will be distributed to facilities and patients in Ann Arbor, as well as communities throughout Northeast and Northwest Michigan.

“The turnaround and support we’ve seen from these foundations have been simply incredible,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations for Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. “Our organization strives to provide the very best end-of-life care possible throughout the state, and the fact that these grants came from foundations across all corners of Michigan says a lot about their dedication to our mission.”

The donations will aid the not-for-profit in its continued mission to provide the best end-of-life care to patients across the state, regardless of their age, diagnosis or ability to pay – especially as the COVID-19 crisis continues to put a strain on hospice patients and their families during these uncertain times.

“The impacts of the coronavirus are far reaching – often making it difficult for those at the end of their lives, and their loved ones, to stay connected with each other at a time when they can’t physically be together,” said Alison Metiva, vice president of strategic engagement and programs for the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. “We’re proud to support the innovation and adaptation of Hospice of Michigan and their efforts to ease, at least a little, the difficulty of the impact for the families they serve.”

The coronavirus pandemic has complicated how Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice patients interact with their loved ones during their final days. Under our care and more normal circumstances, our patients are able to see their loved ones and caregivers in-person, but because of the COVID-19 crisis, Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, for the most part, have limited in-person visits to adhere to health and safety guidelines. Some in-person visits, however, are still available, depending on the facility where the patient is receiving care.

“The Jones Family Foundation has ties with Arbor Hospice, so we didn’t think twice about providing the additional support,” said Tamara Carr, Director of The Jones Family Foundation. “We know when these iPads are purchased, patients won’t be alone because they’ll be able to interact virtually with their care team.”

Regarding the Jennie V. Kerr Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation, Rev. Martha Stuart, spiritual care advisor for Hospice of Michigan added, “Jennie would have cheered with the Care Team for the good that these iPads will bring for our patients and families for their physical, emotional, and spiritual care. Jennie would have provided them without telling us that it was her behind the gift – that’s just the kind of person she was; compassionate and selfless, through and through. I miss her presence in our office but continue to see her caring nature through her legacy.”
To make a monetary, tax-deductible donation to Hospice of Michigan, please visit www.hom.org/donations or to Arbor Hospice, please visit www.arborhospice/donate

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 not-for-profit 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 5,400 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.