Community Hospital’s hospice program assists military veterans
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544
Communication and Marketing: (831) 625-4505
MONTEREY, Calif. — Recognizing the significant local population of military veterans, Community Hospital’s Hospice of the Central Coast has become a partner in a national initiative to assist veterans and their families with their end-of-life needs.
We Honor Veterans is collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). The program recognizes the unique needs of veterans and focuses on providing support and resources that will guide them.
“With the Monterey area’s long ties to the military, we know there are many residents who can benefit from the We Honor Veterans program,” says Stella Bennett, RN, director of Hospice of the Central Coast. “To better serve them, hospice has implemented veteran-centered education for its staff and volunteers.”
Under the program, hospice staff and volunteers receive ongoing education about special challenges – physical, emotional, and spiritual — that veterans may experience as a result of their military service. They receive training in basic “military language” as well as how to assess feelings about each individual’s service experiences, which may differ based on where they served, in which branch, their rank, and whether they were in combat.
“We’re on a mission to learn how to serve veterans with the challenges they may be facing, which could include illness, isolation, or traumatic life experience,” says Bennett. “Our goal is to provide respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgement of our veteran’s sacrifices.”
For more information about We Honor Veterans, call Hospice of the Central Coast at 649-7750.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/