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To make quality Hospice care available to all terminally ill people in Whatcom County, their families and those affected by death and dying in the community. To advocate effectively for patient comfort, dignity and choice and be recognized as a leading resource in clinical, ethical and spiritual issues related to dying and grief. To be recognized as pain and symptom management experts in care of terminally ill patients. We are committed to the Hospice philosophy and dedicated to leadership in, and advocacy for, the Hospice concept of care. We will continually strive for a dynamic and effective response to changing community needs.
Hospice accepts death as a natural part of the life cycle. The purpose of the Hospice program is to relieve suffering and pain, be it physical, spiritual or emotional, of persons with life-threatening illness and those supporting them. The care available through the hospice program follows an interdisciplinary team approach by meeting the medical, social, psychological and spiritual needs of our patients. Our team consists of volunteers, Home Health Aides, Social Workers, Nurses, Chaplains, Physicians, Administrators and Support personnel: all equally important in meeting the needs of our patients and their families. The Hospice program is concerned with symptom management that maximizes patient comfort, enhances feelings of self-worth and well being, and encourages patient participation in decisions affecting his/her living and dying. The program supports both patient and family as their activities and relationships undergo change. This support continues into the period of grief and bereavement.
- Dianne Gillespie
- (360) 756-6892
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