Hospice of Michigan Receives $5,000 Grant from the Oceana Community Foundation to Support NorthStar Palliative Care

Grant from the Randall and Linda Wagner Family Fund of the Oceana Community Foundation to benefit patients and families living with advanced or life-limiting illnesses

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (June 18, 2024) – Hospice of Michigan recently received a $5,000 grant from the Oceana Community Foundation. These funds, awarded from the Randall and Linda Wagner Family Fund of the Oceana Community Foundation, will support the not-for-profit’s NorthStar Palliative Care (NSPC) program.

NSPC is a community-based palliative care program that provides symptom management and advanced care planning services for patients with advanced or life-limiting illnesses who have been discharged from a post-acute setting to home. The program offers an additional layer of support in collaboration with the patient’s primary care physician and other treating specialists, until the patient is either eligible, no longer seeking aggressive treatment or ready for hospice care. NSPC supports caregivers and collaborates with physicians, health care organizations, and community organizations to ensure access to high quality, palliative care services in the home.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Randall and Linda Wagner Family Fund, and the Oceana Community Foundation, we are better equipped to serve our patients with the highest quality palliative care” said Roxanne Kiesling, philanthropy manager at Hospice of Michigan. “For patients diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses, NorthStar Palliative Care offers peace and comfort. That’s why grant funds are important – so our care teams can remain focused on patients’ holistic needs and quality of life near end of life.”

The Community Foundation awards grants through a competitive application and review process twice a year. Information on these grant rounds and how to apply can be found at oceanafoundation.org.

For more information about NorthStar Palliative Care, visit 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 and Centrica Care Navigators. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve more than 6,600 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888-247-5701 or visit www.hom.org.