The hospice model is coming under stress of its own
"The most important end-of-life movement in a generation struggles in an era of changing families and prolonged deaths."

This article discusses healthcare and hospice, and how to meet the "complex medical needs of today’s patients and the demographic realities of the country." Ann Mitchell was interviewed and quoted as "a veteran of hospice since its early days.“

Note that Casey House is referred to as "Montgomery Hospice House" in the article.


View of Casey House patio. Scott Mahaskey photo

Shedding New Light On Hospice Care: No Need To Wait For The ‘Brink Of Death’

This informative KNN article educates about hospice services. Ann and Jean:

“We’ve put together a special team for people who are expected to live 10 days or less because that requires a different kind of management,” said Ann Mitchell, chief executive officer of Montgomery Hospice. “Instead of a nurse for every 15 patients, a nurse on this team will have five to six patients and a social worker is available seven days a week.”
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“It’s a common misconception that patients are sent to inpatient hospice to die,” said Jean Cohn, clinical manager at Montgomery Hospice’s inpatient facility, Casey House. “In fact, we’re frequently fine-tuning patients’ regimens in inpatient hospice and sending them back home.”

Montgomery Hospice is the recipient of the 2017 Leadership Montgomery Nonprofit Impact Award

The Nonprofit Impact Award recognizes and rewards a nonprofit with a strong commitment to leadership and who has made a difference in Montgomery County.

Families speak about Montgomery Hospice's impact:

 

The Nonprofit Impact Award was presented at the Leadership Montgomery Celebration of Leadership event on June 6, 2017. Leadership Montgomery is a nonprofit with the vision of a thriving Montgomery County supported by a network of engaged leaders and the mission to educate, inspire, convene and connect leaders to advance Montgomery County. 

 

Montgomery Hospice Senior Vice President of Counseling and Family Support, Gary Fink, was included in a newly-published book by Frank Sesno.

Mr. Sesno is Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. Mr. Sesno is a long-time journalist, and winner of several awards, including an Emmy and a National Press Club award. Mr. Sesno's career includes working as a CNN correspondent, anchor and Washington bureau chief.

Frank Sesno's new book is called Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change. He interviewed many people for the book, including NPR's Terry Gross and journalist Anderson Cooper. One chapter in the book about "legacy questions" highlights his discussions with Gary Fink. Mr. Sesno expressed gratitude for his participation: "Your input and your stories added huge depth, texture, and insight. Your observations about the questions people ask -- and that you ask -- at the end of life were simply terrific. There are so many lessons to be gleaned from your ideas."

Buy the book here.
 

On Wednesday, July 13th, tune into WOL 1450 AM at 10:30 am to hear Montgomery Hospice's Reverend Sterling King and Dr. Geoff Coleman LIVE on the radio! 

News Talk 1450

They will be discussing Montgomery Hospice’s services in general, and also talking more specifically about hospice care in the African American community.

They are being interviewed by Ms. Deborah Milo, on the Montgomery Mosaic radio show. (This show is designed to “enhance communications with Montgomery County’s African American population.”)

Also, if you missed seeing Rev. King and Dr. Coleman on TV (Mosaic, an African American Perspective), you can watch online here: https://youtu.be/hITYQbeb_dM

 

Deborah Milo talks to Montgomery Hospice board chairman, the Reverend Dr. Sterling King and medical director, Dr. Geoff Coleman, on the TV show: MOSAIC: An African American Perspective

 

Montgomery Hospice is highlighted by The Washington Post in an article illustrated with several photographs from Casey House. From the article: 

“Montgomery Hospice is better able to afford [expensive care] because, like other nonprofits, it receives a large portion of its operating budget from donations.”

 

Maude Harrison-Hudson shared her expertise about grief and loss with a writer for Essence magazine, who included it in her article "'Good' Grief" (which appears in the November issue of the magazine). 

Her advice: "It is necessary to talk about your feelings. It is in talking about and telling the story that healing occurs.  Grief is a process and it's necessary to walk through the pain."

Read the Essence magazine article on grief.

 

The answer to the question from Friday’s Washington Post headline—“Is that hospice safe?”—is “yes” for many hospices. Montgomery Hospice voluntarily participates in the rigorous Joint Commission accreditation program. The Joint Commission inspects Montgomery Hospice for compliance with Medicare regulations, as well as their own rigorous standards, at least every three years. Asking about a hospice’s participation in an accreditation program is one of the ways families can determine the quality of a hospice provider. Instead of providing education, The Post chose to tell individual horror stories that will frighten vulnerable people into not taking advantage of the benefits of hospice care. 

Ann Mitchell MPH 
President & CEO 
Montgomery Hospice

 

The Eugene B. Casey Foundation demonstrated its ongoing commitment to dying Montgomery County residents who are cared for at Casey House with a one-million-dollar donation to the Endowment for Nurses and Nursing Aides.

Montgomery Hospice’s Casey House, the only inpatient hospice facility in Montgomery County, provides comprehensive, specialized end-of-life care to patients with acute medical needs. Casey House was named in honor of Mr. Eugene B. Casey and was built with funds and land donated by the Foundation. This recent gift acknowledges the “families that have been helped by the loving and tender care provided at Casey House.”

The gift was made “to honor the work of Dr. John Saia on behalf of the Casey House.”  

Read the press release

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