Hospice of Davidson County Remains Committed to Serving Patients during COVID-19 Pandemic

Hospice of Davidson County joins hundreds of hospice care providers in signing national commitment letter

LEXINGTON, N.C. – (June 16, 2020)Hospice of Davidson County joins hundreds of hospice and community-based palliative care provider members of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in adding its name to the national Commitment to Care sign-on letter. This letter demonstrates a groundswell of support from hospice and palliative care providers who are committed to serving patients and families impacted by COVID-19.

The Commitment to Care letter reads in part:

Patients impacted by the coronavirus rely on the interdisciplinary, person-centered care that the community-based hospice and palliative community provide. The hospice philosophy of care focuses on caring for the whole person by addressing physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and is provided by an interdisciplinary team comprised of physicians, nurses, social workers, home health aides, chaplains, bereavement professionals, volunteers, and allied therapists. As more hospitals reach maximum capacity, patients continue to be discharged back into the community and the demand for symptom management and emotional and spiritual support grows.

The hospice and community-based palliative care providers who signed on to NHPCO’s letter are demonstrating their commitment to continue to treat patients, ensuring that patients do not die alone, and in many cases, extended the lives of those with terminal illness.

Locally, Hospice of Davidson County has been utilizing telehealth since December 2019, expanded its grief programming to include weekly live presentations via Facebook, private and group grief support sessions and established COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 care teams to maintain safety for patients and their families.

“Hospice of Davidson County has been committed to providing quality, hospice services for the community for over 35 years, said Hospice of Davidson County CEO Laura Owen. “Today, as we operate under the impact of COVID-19, our mission is even more clear; to offer a supported end-of-life experience. One that is free of suffering and offers compassion, dignity and hope, under the leadership of our physician medical director, Lana Riemann, MD, MPH.

“While our nation and community is feeling loss on many levels, residents of Davidson County may find comfort in knowing that our expert and compassionate staff are dedicated to supporting those facing end-of-life regardless of their ability to pay,” Owen added.

“I am proud that so many NHPCO members have been stepping forward to care for patients impacted by COVID-19 during this public health crisis,” said NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach. The hospice and palliative care community has faced similar unknowns in the past with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We did not run away during uncertain times – instead, we chose to care for patients in need with honor and respect, and we will continue to fulfill that mission today.”

More information about Hospice of Davidson County, visit hospiceofdavidson.org or Facebook.

About Hospice of Davidson County

For more than 35 years, Hospice of Davidson County has been a recognized leader in the advancement of quality end-of-life care across the Piedmont Triad region. Each day, the ACHC accredited agency provides comfort for more than 160 patients and their families, in a variety of locations, including private homes, in long-term care and skilled-nursing facilities and at the Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House, the only inpatient hospice facility in Davidson County. Hospice of Davidson County is a Hospice Honors agency. For more information, visit hospiceofdavidson.org or Facebook.

 

 

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