Heartland Hospice serving Central Maryland, a division of ProMedica, is proud to announce their promotion to a Level Five partner within the We Honor Veterans Program for their continued care and support of the Veteran population. Level Five is the highest level We Honor Veterans partners can attain and includes several new required activities and yearly recertification.
All wars are different and provide unique experiences and often difficulties for the Veterans who served in them. We Honor Veterans was launched by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help improve the care veterans receive from hospice and palliative care providers.
“We will be forever grateful for this achievement, but even more so for the opportunity to serve our veterans… our heroes!” said Beverly Dean, Heartland Hospice administrator. John Webster, Heartland Hospice team coordinator and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran added, “My experience, being a veteran myself, is that I really appreciate what our agency has done for the veterans of all eras, especially the Vietnam era. They were forgotten by people during that time and it has really showed me that we appreciate the sacrifice they made for our freedom.”
“Some people don’t understand when a person enlists into the military that they are committing to the protection of our country by any means necessary. What that can mean is that we are willing to sacrifice our wellbeing to keep our country safe and that decision not only affects the enlisted person, but it also affects the family of that person, knowing that at any time they may have to make the ultimate sacrifice. Our agency has given me hope to believe that there are still some people out there who appreciate us vets. For that, I would like to say ‘Oooh Rahh!’” said Webster.
The We Honor Veterans program provides five levels of recognition to organizations that demonstrate a commitment to improving care for veterans. Aside from existing partner requirements, Level Five partners place a greater emphasis on staff education and caring for Vietnam-era and combat Veterans. Additionally, Level Five partners take on the role of regional mentor to other We Honor Veterans partners working to enhance their programs.
“When we set out to create the Level Five program, we knew that it had to be different to truly showcase the efforts needed to go above and beyond. Not only has the Heartland Hospice team demonstrated their commitment, but they have helped shape the program and have continued as an example of what all hospice partners should strive to be,” said NHPCO President & CEO Edo Banach.
To learn more about the We Honor Veterans initiative, the steps that our agencies have taken to receive this acknowledgement or to see where other Heartland agencies are at in the process of achieving this honor, visit the We Honor Veterans website.