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Hospice program recognized for care of veterans

Jul 23, 2013

WAUSAU, Wis. – Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services (ACCHS) is a national partner of We Honor Veterans, and recently received Partner Level Three status.

According to the We Honor Veterans program, nearly a quarter of all Americans who die each year are veterans. Developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the program is designed to empower hospice professionals to meet the unique needs of dying veterans.

“A lot of our patients are veterans and it’s important that we care for their needs while also giving them the comfort and compassion they need,” said Laura Pearson, RN, director of ACCHS. “Veterans often have life experiences and emotional trauma that are unique to them and we need to be respectful of that.”  

We Honor Veterans provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. Partner Level Three status has been achieved by only three hospice programs in Wisconsin. The status means that ACCHS has successfully provided veteran-centric education to staff and volunteers, built Aspirus’ capacity to provide quality care to veterans, and developed and strengthened relationships with Veterans Affairs medical centers and other veteran organizations.