Lisa Brown: Thanks for the help
To the editor:
Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate Hospice on June 9 at Catamount Ranch & Club golf course and The Larson Barn. Over 300 supporters of Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice and Palliative Care program joined us to golf and celebrate. It was a picture-perfect day and a cool Colorado evening, filled with celebration, remembrance and support of the much-needed service Hospice provides to patients with a life expectancy of six months or less.
This year, we asked our staff, Hospice families/patients and volunteers how Hospice helps. Here’s what they had to say:
“Grieving is a complex, confusing and an often overwhelming process. It is so different for each individual and can impact a person mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Hospice helped me navigate the new and unfamiliar path of grief after the loss of my husband.”
— Jean Stetson, board of directors president
“We help by listening, educating, offering encouraging words or even a gentle smile. I believe everyone should have the choice to close their lives in a way that is most meaningful to them. Hospice helps to achieve meaningful closure.”
— Maria Mosman, RN Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse
“I try to give each patient and their family care, compassion and concern. I’ve been told I’m a blessing, but to me, each and every patient and their families are a blessing. Knowing that in some small way I can help to make their last days for meaningful is a true feeling of fulfillment.”
— Billie Jacobs, volunteer
“We are so appreciative of your compassion, your efficiency and your honesty. You bring laughter, joy and prayers into our home. You have become a friend and a part of the family. The compassion and understanding of these wonderful people is to be honored … Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Hospice. You truly are a blessing to so many who need you.”
— Edna (Josi) Thomas, Hospice patient and Vicky White, caregiver
I would like to extend a big thank you to our incredible staff, dedicated volunteers, committed board of directors, generous event and in-kind sponsors, all of the family members of those that we serve, community vendors and to all who came out to celebrate and with us. The support of this community continues to inspire and remind us why this is such a wonderful place to call home.
Hospice helps patients, families and community members, and would like to thank you for helping Hospice.
Lisa Brown, CEO
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association
I have followed with interest the discussion concerning the potential transfer of the Yampa Elementary School to Memorial Regional Health. Although there are many significant unanswered questions about what Memorial Regional Health plans to do with the Yampa Elementary School, the focus of my letter is on the Yampa Elementary School as a community asset.