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Area Organizations Work Together to Support Regional Hospice Services

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge would like to recognize Regional Hospice Services & Palliative Care for their partnership with area hospitals to support our region with high quality, compassionate end of life care.

Regional Hospice Services offers care and support to patients where they live. Their care team supports the patient’s individual wishes to meet their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

Hospice care emphasizes quality of life for patients with terminal illness. The patient’s treatment plan is designed to manage pain and control symptoms, while focusing on what is most important to the patient. The purpose of their Palliative Care program is to support patients living with a life-limiting but not necessarily terminal illness.

“The initial and continued commitment and support from our partnering hospitals has provided a strong foundation for the growth of Regional Hospice Services and Palliative Care,” says Lynda Anderson, Regional Hospice Services and Palliative Care Executive Director.

The Board of Directors for Regional Hospice Services includes representatives from each medical organization:  Jason Douglas of Memorial Medical Center, Mike Schafer of Spooner Health, Gordy Lewis of Burnett Medical Center, Luke Beirl of Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and community members Linnea Seume and Len Mysembourg.

Regional Hospice Services and Palliative Care has been serving the region since 1992. They serve all or part of 13 counties in northern Wisconsin and upper Michigan caring for an average of 50 patients a month. Grief Support groups open to all community members are offered free of charge. Special programs for hospice patients include Catch a Dream and the We Honor Veterans Program.

“We are honored to support Regional Hospice Services and Palliative Care,” says Luke Beirl, CEO of Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge. “They fulfill a very important aspect of healthcare for our community, providing comfort and care for our loved ones as they face the end of life.”

Hospice services are covered under Medicare Hospice Benefit, Medicaid, and many private insurance companies. The Board of Directors has continued to stand by the belief that all who are eligible and wish to receive services shall be provided end of life care regardless of their ability to pay.

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