Hosparus Health takes great pride in providing care to all our patients and their families. We are privileged and honored to provide care to veteran patients who have served our country. As a veteran myself, I am proud to participate in the recognition that we provide to veterans.
Hosparus Health is part of the We Honor Veterans program which is a collaboration with the Hospice-Veteran Partnership (HVP) and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). We have joined the mission to establish an enduring network of hospice and VA professionals, veterans, and volunteers to provide quality services through the end of life for veterans. One out of every four dying Americans is a veteran, and a vast majority of veterans are not enrolled in VA and may not be aware of end-of-life services and benefits available to them. Our goal is to help better serve and honor our nation’s veteran’s through this program.
Our Hosparus Health Inpatient Care Center (HICC) ensures that all veteran patients are given the respect they deserve. For all who have served in the United States Armed Forces, we know what value and importance that the flag represents and we strive to continue that honor and respect. When a veteran is admitted to the HICC, we honor them in the following ways:
- Placing a flag magnet on the doorpost of their room so that all staff and visitors who enter their room will know that the patient is a veteran.
- Providing appropriate sized American flags that are placed in a flower vase to help decorate the room.
- Having patriotic or branch specific prayer blankets that are given to each patient, and the families can keep this upon the passing of the veteran patient.
- Recognizing each veteran for their service through a presentation of a “We Honor Vets” certificate that is usually presented by one of our veteran volunteers.
In addition to our veteran patients, our veteran volunteers are an amazing group that continues to give back and is willing to come at all hours of the day to make presentations to patients. Most all the prayer blankets and flags are provided to veterans through donations and other volunteers who want to make sure they have what they need to be recognized at this point in their life. This is the least we as an organization can do for those who were willing to sacrifice so much for us as Americans.
I am proud every day to work with so many employees and volunteers that care for those veteran patients who willingly gave so much for us. Thank you to all our veterans!
-Doug Hedges, Regional Director of Customer Support & HICC,
Retired Senior Master Sergeant