“Hospice isn’t to help you die, it’s to help you finish living” Danny K, 2011
The Sidewalk Story
Once upon a time, Hospice of Montezuma had a very scary and dangerous sidewalk leading to their front entrance. Visitors expressed fear and angst walking along the path that sloped so precariously towards the fast moving vehicles travelling the highway. In winter, community members and employees would shovel the swirling snow and ice off the sidewalk, only to watch their efforts reverse as the snow plow gladly returned the snow to the recently cleared area. Oh what to do?!
Then one day, as if fairy dust was sprinkled in the air, Kristine Nunn and David Fraley offered a generous donation to create a new sidewalk within the safety confines of the Hospice of Montezuma property wall. Gary and Yelanda Hansen of Cottonwood Farm Landscaping quickly sprang into action and rearranged a workday schedule to move plants and drip-lines when they received a telephone call that Mike Rosso and his RC Contractors had a skilled crew ready to build forms and lay new concrete one Monday afternoon.
Today visitors have a smile on their face knowing that people can live happily ever after, before and after a visit to Hospice of Montezuma! If you see Kristine, David, Gary, Yelanda, Mike, and RC Construction crew members… help Hospice of Montezuma by saying “Thank You!”
The annual Rising Star Award provides an opportunity to acknowledge amazing new nurses in our region whose hard work continues to improve health through advocacy, innovation, and leadership.
Congratulations are extended to the other nominees, the Shining Star, and six Nightingale Luminary Award Winners!
From left to right: Nina (SW), Wendy (Executive Director), Martha R.N., Queenie (Office Manager), Leigh R.N., Enid R.N.
Volunteers needed! The more we give, the happier we feel. Volunteering increases self-confidence. You are doing well for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride. Our next volunteer training events are as follows:
- June 15 Part I 5:30-8:00 p.m.
- June 17 Part II 9:00 – 1:00 p.m.
- September 5 Part I 1:00-4:00 p.m.
- September 6 Part II 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Please call 565-4400 for more info!
Memorial Contributions ~ As a non-profit organization, providing services to patients without the ability to pay, and providing free support to community members, Hospice relies on the generous donations of individuals and businesses to help us care for our patients and support our community. If you would like to make a donation in memory of your loved one please contact us, or complete your online donation here.
How Hospice Works
Hospice services are available to persons who can no longer benefit from curative treatment, or choose to end curative treatment. The typical hospice patient has a life expectancy of six months or less. Most receive care at home, but we do provide care in assisted living facilities, nursing homes and hospitals. Services are provided by a team of trained professionals – physicians, nurses, counselors, therapists, social workers, aides and volunteers – who provide care and support services not only to the patient, but to the patient’s family and loved ones. The patient can be referred to hospice by their doctor, family members, friends, clergy, or other healthcare professionals.