NHPCO’s We Honor Veterans Welcomes Community Health Center as Community Partner

Partnership to Enhance Care That Community Health Center Provides to Veterans

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Our Veterans are dedicated to serving our country. Our mission is to serve our community and CHC is proud to form a partnership with the We Honor Veterans program to provide home care services to our heroes.

Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) June 12, 2014

We Honor Veterans, an innovative program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, is helping thousands of professionals across America enhance their skills to meet the needs of veterans. NHPCO is pleased to welcome Community Health Center of St. Mary’s Healthcare and Nathan Littauer Hospital as a We Honor Veterans community partner.

“Our Veterans are dedicated to serving our country. Our mission is to serve our community and CHC is proud to form a partnership with the We Honor Veterans program to provide home care services to our heroes,” says Mildred Ferriter, CHC Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.

Community Health Center, headquartered in Johnstown NY, has been providing home health care services for over 25 years and is the largest and most comprehensive home health care agency in the New York State capital region. CHC serves more than 400 patients each week. Specialty programs include chronic care management, palliative care, tele-home monitoring, a wound care program, and community mental health nursing.

As a community partner, CHC will have access to the innovative WHV resources and training that will help the organization better serve Veterans throughout the country. As a We Honor Veterans community partner, CHC will focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment in serving the post-acute healthcare needs of Veterans.

Within the WHV program, there are four levels of distinction that CHC can earn based on its involvement with Veteran education and its interaction with the Veterans and their family members that they are caring for. The goal of these levels is to ensure the very best care is being provided to those who have served our country.

As a We Honor Veterans community partner, CHC is working to ensure that their staff members across the country are prepared to:

1.    Build professional and organizational capacity to provide quality healthcare and rehabilitation services for Veterans and their families.
2.    Develop and/or strengthen partnerships with hospices, VA, Veteran organizations and other healthcare organizations.
3.    Promote hospice and palliative care for Veterans when appropriate.
4.    Demonstrate the impact of organizational programs through evaluation and analysis of programs.

“We are very excited to create this partnership with We Honor Veterans. CHC has always been committed to bring compassionate home health care to our Veterans in the region- and today, we take another step forward to help them get the care they need and deserve. Combining our expertise together will open new doors and partnerships for our community, and we are honored to be a part of that,” says Anne Boles, CHC Community Relations Coordinator.

We Honor Veterans was developed in collaboration between NHPCO and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to improve end-of-life care for all Veterans.

“It surprises many people to learn that there are over 21 million Veterans living in America today. These men and women often carry experiences from their military service that present unique healthcare challenges,” said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO President and CEO.

More information about NHPCO’s We Honor Veterans program is available at http://www.wehonorveterans.org.


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