Blount Memorial Hospice and Palliative Care achieved the Level One partnership for the We Honor Veterans program. This honor means that the hospital’s hospice program provides veteran-centric education for staff and volunteers, and identifies patients with military experience.
To achieve We Honor Veterans Partner Level One, Blount Memorial Hospice was required to complete, document and report activities that reflect the hospital’s commitment to ensuring veterans have access to quality end-of-life care. The program, sponsored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), has four levels that can be achieved.
Hospices can earn the recognition, along with We Honor Veterans logo usage, by completing activities for each of the four levels of commitment. This enables the Veterans Administration (VA) staff and veterans to easily identify hospices that have made a commitment to offer veteran-specific care and services provided by a competent and highly-skilled workforce.
One out of every four dying Americans is a veteran, according to the NHPCO. “The VA is actively seeking better ways to care for the men and women who have served our country in the military,” Blount Memorial Hospice and Palliative Care support services program coordinator Sarah Wimmer said. “As part of this effort, the VA asked NHPCO to coordinate and educate community-based hospice providers to be veteran-centric. A veteran-centric hospice identifies the veterans in their care and develops a care plan specific to each veteran’s needs.”
Blount Memorial Hospice worked to begin partnership with We Honor Veterans to strengthen its initiative of reaching out to local veterans. “Blount Memorial is honored to deepen its commitment to the men and women who served our country,” Wimmer says. “At Blount Memorial Hospice, we are working to deepen our understanding of veteran-specific needs by partnering with local, state and national veterans and hospice organizations.”