100+ Men & Women Who Care donate to WMC Hospice

Released: 12/31/19

Pictured are members of 100+ Men & Women Who Care along with Winneshiek Medical Center staff. Seated (l-r): Linda Watson, Jennifer Gipp, and Nancy Haberichter (WMC Hospice Nurse Manager). Standing l-r: Barrett Gipp, Heidi Rockweiler, Andy Bonnet, Alecia Bucksa, Kathy Moritz (WMC Chief Nursing Officer), Brittany Anderson (WMC Hospice RN), and Holly Kanengieter (WMC Foundation Coordinator).

Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation was the recipient of the 100+ Men & Women Who Care joint donation in December.  The event raised $7330 for Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice.

Linda Watson of Decorah, who is a member of 100 Women Who Care and a WMC Hospice volunteer, spoke to the group on the importance of Hospice care to patients who are nearing end-of-life, and their families.  Her two-minute summary was received with support, prompting the group to select WMC Hospice.

According to Nancy Habericheter, RN, nurse manager of WMC Hospice, the funds will be used for patient care items and support.  She says, “The donated funds will be used to purchase a medical grade suction machine that can stay in a patient’s home, making it easier for caregivers to perform this type of care for their loved ones. We will also use this money for patient transport services when it is not safe or the patient is not strong enough to be transferred by private car.  There are situations when the patient requires medical personnel and equipment like a stretcher van or ambulance service to transport from their residence to a personal appointment or event.”

What is Hospice?

Hospice is a special kind of care that focuses on improving a person’s quality of life after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Through the provision of physical care and emotional, social and spiritual support, WMC Hospice seeks to help people live their remaining life with comfort and dignity. Hospice treats the person, not the disease. Each patient and family receives coordinated care from the Hospice care team, which includes:

  • Medical Director
  • Registered Nurses
  • Homemaker/Hospice Aides
  • Social Worker
  • Spiritual Adviser
  • Pharmacist
  • Volunteers
  • Massage Therapy
  • Bereavement Services

Hospice services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For patients and their families, help is just a phone call away and the Hospice nurse strives to respond to meet a patient’s needs within the hour.

Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice services Winneshiek, Allamakee and portions of Howard, Chickasaw, Fayette and Clayton counties. Anyone can refer a person diagnosed with a terminal illness to Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice. Hospice will consult the person’s primary care physician – in any health system – for approval to admit to the program.

For more information on WMC Hospice, please call 563-387-3024.  To learn more about the special work of the WMC Foundation, visit www.winmedical.org/giving or call 563-387-3129.

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