EVENING & MORNING Monthly Grief Support Groups Meet at Hospice
All interested parties are invited to attend the monthly “Cup of Hope” Grief Support Groups at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice. The Evening Group will meet from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 16th at the Hospice Center located at W2850 State Road 28 in Sheboygan Falls. The Morning Group will meet from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on the Wednesday, May 22nd at the same location.
There is no charge or pre-registration required for participation. Everyone is welcome regardless of where their loved one was cared for. The Hospice has also launched an on-line grief resource on www.ssrhospicehome.org referred to as “Grief Words” Library – on the “Resources” tab of the website. Please direct questions about the meetings or resources to Chaplain Nancy Simenz, Bereavement Coordinator at (920) 467-1800. (Drop-in tours of the Hospice Center continue to be available to interested parties or visit our website for a virtual tour www.ssrhospicehome.org)
Hospice Medical Director Makes A Difference for Patients
Column - What We Should Know About End-of-Life Care
Submitted 5/02/13 by: Linda Cates, Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice
Hospice care is provided in any setting the patient calls “home.” Personalized care is offered by an outstanding Team working closely with the patient’s attending Physician. The Care Team typically is led by the Hospice Medical Director working with nurses, social workers, chaplain, bereavement coordinator, and volunteers. A Hospice that provides an “on-site” Medical Director provides added benefits to the patient and their family, and the attending Physician. The patient chooses his or her attending Physician. The attending Physician has direct access to the Medical Director for collaboration of care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The attending Physician, Medical Director, and other members of the Hospice Care Team work closely together to ensure each patient and family receive exceptional end-of-life care. According to the Medicare regulations, the Hospice Medical Director is responsible for:
- Overseeing clinical aspects of the Hospice and directing patient care policies.
- Ensuring the availability of skilled consultation to community physicians on challenging cases.
- Providing training to Hospice staff through interdisciplinary team meetings.
- Participating actively in the Hospice admission and eligibility decisions.
- Visiting with patients in their homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and the Hospice Center.
Hospice Development Director Announces Plans for Early Retirement
Linda Cates, Development & Communications Director, since early 2006 has announced plans for an early retirement effective May 24, 2013. Linda has raised over $10 million for the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice during her tenure, in addition to marketing the organization across the region.
She plans to take several months off to spend time with her husband and grandchildren, while continuing her community presence as the incoming President of the Sheboygan Early Bird Rotary Club. Linda will most likely move into consulting, offering more flexibility in her schedule.
She remains committed to assisting the Hospice organization in any way possible – passionate about the mission and “Promise” for care regardless of ability to pay. Linda shared the following, “Those I have met over these years, some now angels, have left a print on my heart that will always bring a warm smile to me.” We congratulate Linda on her many accomplishments, and extend our warmest wishes to her.
The Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice Board Executive Committee announces the succession plan transitioning Clinical Manager Amy Onsager, RN into the role of Administrator effective May 15th. When Onsager was hired in 2011, she was identified as having the right combination of clinical expertise, a passion for hospice care, and the diverse leadership skills necessary to advance the Hospice mission. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bellin College of Nursing, and a Masters of Science in Nursing and Health Care Education from the University of Phoenix. “I look forward to working with Amy in transitioning my responsibilities over the next few months,” commented Mary Brasseaux.
“All of us at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice extend our deepest gratitude to Mary for her leadership and commitment to our organization. She and Amy have proven to be an excellent operations team and we look forward to future accomplishments” stated Joe Richardson II, Founder and Board Chair.
Mary Brasseauxplans to join her family in the Tacoma, Washington area later this year.
The We Honor Veterans Benefit was a spectacular success . . . so many of you were in attendance, can’t tell you what a difference that makes! We reached our outreach (connected with a new audience) and financial goals! A good time was had by all with over 400 in attendance – so many expressed their delight throughout the evening and as they were leaving.
Here are some wonderful photos from the benefit...