Heartland Hospice serving Chicagoland South is pleased to announce their promotion to a Level Four status within the We Honor Veterans Program for their continued care and support of the Veteran population.
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.
“I know the importance of Heartland’s initiative to better serve these United States veterans,” commented Maureen Lewis, RN, Director of Professional Services. “I am a veteran myself, and I believe we not only care for the mind, body and spirit of our veterans, but that Heartland is a hospice provider trained to care specifically for veterans,” added Maureen. “The Heartland Hospice team is honored to care for our community’s veterans. It is a privilege to care for these men and women in their current struggles, just as they have cared for us and our country in the past,” said Cathy McBride, Administrator.
The We Honor Veterans program provides four levels of recognition to organizations that demonstrate a commitment to improving care for veterans. In order to reach Level Four, Heartland was tasked with learning more about caring for veterans, declaring a commitment to honoring veterans at the end of life, providing education for hospice staff and volunteers on caring for veterans and partnering with the VA at the local, regional and national level to ensure the unique needs of veterans are met.
Belinda O’Brien, Volunteer Coordinator, said, “I have a special place in my heart for veterans. My father was an Army veteran and served in the Korean War. He was very proud to serve his country.” “When a veteran patient begins receiving hospice care, we perform a bedside pinning ceremony to thank them for their service to our country. During the pinning, they are given a pin, a certificate and a homemade patriotic blanket. We also host various holiday celebrations for our veteran patients and the veterans in our community. It has been an honor to work towards achieving our stars with the We Honor Veterans program,” said Belinda.
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 their website.