At Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, we honor veterans. We have earned four stars−the highest achievable rank−from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for our “We Honor Veterans” Program. This four-star designation signals recognizes our commitment to providing care that recognizes veterans and their families’ distinctive needs through serious illness, end of life, grief, and/or post-traumatic stress.
Above Photo: World War II Veteran Benny Pellechia
Samaritan serves more than 500 veterans through our hospice program each year. In fact, one in every six of Samaritan’s hospice patients has served in the military. Where veterans served, when they served, what they experienced then, and what they are feeling now, can all greatly influence their physical, psychological, and spiritual comfort at the end of life. That’s why we include a veteran’s military history into his/her medical history and care options.
Photo: Joe Alexander with (from left) Veronica Montgomery, hospice nurse; Susan Cedrone, social worker; Joe DeSantis, spiritual support counselor; Ryan McMillian, spiritual support counselor
Our goal is to provide each veteran patient in our care with a special blanket. Uniquely designed to recognize their service, this blanket will be a warm expression of our gratitude for their selfless sacrifice for the common good. This blanket, proudly displayed at bedside, will signal to for all who enter, “You are in the presence of an American hero.”
Photo: Efrid Smith, a 92 year-old veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam with his son Douglas.
Please consider a gift to provide every veteran in our hospice care with a specially designed patriotic blanket in honor of their service to our country. Your gift of $25 will wrap two veteran patients in our care with this blanket in recognition of his or her service and sacrifice.