iPads support Hospice care for patients and families

Released: 02/18/16

Holly Kanengieter shows the many iPad features to donor Rosie Jewell. The Jewell family donated funds for the purchase in memory of their husband, father and grandfather, Bob.
The Rustad family donated the funds to purchase an iPad for Hospice patient care in memory of their brother, Ronnie. Pictured from left – right: Kathie, Kristie, Gary and Wendy Rustad; Karen Nielsen, WMC Social Worker, Nancy Haberichter, WMC Home Health and Hospice Nurse Manager, and Holly Kanengieter, WMC Foundation Coordinator.

The families of the late Bob Jewell and Ronnie Rustad knew they wanted to give back to the WMC Hospice program that brought them so much comfort and support. Rosie Jewell, Bob’s wife says, “Bob liked everyone and was liked by everyone. We wanted to give a gift to Hospice that honored his love for others.”   Similarly, the Rustad family wanted to remember Ronnie by helping others in the community. Both families chose to donate the funds to purchase iPads for Hospice patients.

Nancy Habericheter, nurse manager of Winneshiek Medical Center Home Health and Hospice says, “The new iPads are available to patients and families to access resources about end-of-life, grief and caregiving. Patients and families are also able to listen to music and watch movies in their home or care facility where internet connection is available. We really have just begun to discover all the uses we can have for them.”

Holly Kanengieter, WMC Foundation Coordinator says, “The iPads are thoughtful gifts for patients. Whether the iPads are used for entertainment or education, patients can access these resources from the comfort of their own home among loved ones.   The Foundation is thankful to the Jewell and Rustad families and is pleased to support patient care in such an important way.”

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