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May 20, 2014

 

HOSPICE OF SOUTHERN WV EXTENDS EARLY REGISTRAION FOR ITS 14th ANNUAL PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCE

 

 

 

Beckley, WV – Hospice of Southern West Virginia is extending early registration for its 14th Annual Palliative Care Conference June 12th and 13th at Tamarack Conference Center, in Beckley, WV. The two-day conference features national and local presenters from the fields of medicine, social work, pharmacy, and administration.

 

“We receive so much support from the health care community in our area, and we view our annual Palliative Care Conference as a way that we can give a little back and at the same time share up to date information in our field to our local health care professionals and leaders in our community,” said Josh Jones, Public Relations Director for Hospice of Southern WV. “We offer continuing education credits for a variety of fields. It is truly unique for our area, and our state and we hope the healthcare professionals in our area can take advantage of the extension of the early registration period.”

 

The cost to attend the conference is $120 for both days and $65 for one day.  However, in the early registration period the cost is only $100 for both days and $55 for one day.  Breakfast, snacks, and lunch are included with the registration fee.  For more information please call (304) 255-6404 or visit Hospice of Southern WV’s website at www.hospiceofsouthernwv.org.

 

Hospice of Southern WV’s Palliative Care Conference has received authorization to provide 14 Continuing Education Unit’s (CEU’s) from WV Board of Registered Nurses, and 12 CEU’s from the WV Board of Social Work Examiners and the WV Board of Examiners in Counseling.  HSWV has applied for 12 CEU’s from the WV Board of Pharmacy and the WV Board of Respiratory Care.   The Conference was also approved for 12 Continue Medical Education (CME) credits from the Raleigh County Medical Society for physicians.

 

The two-day Palliative Care Conference will challenge and strengthen your knowledge of palliative care concepts, whether one is a seasoned palliative care professional or someone who simply wants a broadened understanding of palliative and end-of-life care issues, trends and approaches.  Generally, attendees are a blend of representatives from a variety of disciplines, including Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, RNs, CNAs, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Counselors, Health Care Administrators, and Hospice Volunteers.

 

Hospice of Southern WV has been providing quality end-of-life care for more than 30 years in Raleigh, Fayette, Summers, and Wyoming Counties.  Since its inception, the organization’s mission has remained the same: to serve the needs of individuals living with a life-limiting illness and those caring for them, focusing on comfort and quality of life.

 

 

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April 11, 2014

HOSPICE OF SOUTHERN WV TO HOLD NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISION DAY EVENTS
HSWV to Assist Southern West Virginians with Advance Directives

Beckley, WV – National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16th. What does this mean for residents of Raleigh, Fayette, Summers, and Wyoming Counties? Do you have a living will? Do you know what an advance directive is? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, don’t worry, Hospice of Southern West Virginia (HSWV) will be in your county to provide the answers as well as assist with the important task of adequately preparing for the future. 

Hospice of Southern WV, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16th as National Healthcare Decisions Day .  As a participating organization, Hospice of Southern WV is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with state and national laws. 

“This year our staff will have the privilege of sharing with the public our newly adopted advanced directive program, Five Wishes,” said Mandy Cantley, Social Services Director for Hospice of Southern WV.  “Five Wishes is a nationally recognized program and the first living will that not only incorporates your definition of pain management, but also addresses any personal and spiritual intentions that you wish to convey to your family and loved ones.”
 
Hospice of Southern West Virginia staff will be at the following locations to discuss healthcare decisions and answer questions:

• Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Wyoming County Senior Center - 11:00 A.M.
• Thursday, April 17, 2014, Raleigh County Commission on Aging - 11:00 A.M.
• Friday, April 18, 2014, Fayette County Senior Center - 11:00 A.M.
• Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Summers County Senior - 11:00 A.M.

HSWV will have paperwork on advance directives and information on how to set up living wills at each location, and will help those that are interested complete the forms on site.  “With events planned for National Healthcare Decisions Day, we are trying to give our county residents the information to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions, and the tools complete reliable advance directives to make his or her wishes known,” said Josh Jones, Public Relations Director for Hospice of Southern WV.  “We want fewer families to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from their loved ones, and to be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

Hospice of Southern WV has been providing quality end-of-life care for more than 30 years in Raleigh, Fayette, Summers, and Wyoming Counties.  Since its inception, the organization’s mission has remained the same: to serve the needs of individuals living with a life-limiting illness and those caring for them, focusing on comfort and quality of life.  For more information about HSWV National Healthcare Decision Day events, please call Hospice of Southern WV at (304) 255-6404.

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MARCH 21, 2014

 

Hospice of Southern WV Teams Up with the One Step Closer Program

To Help Families Who Have Experienced Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant loss.

 

Oak Hill, WV –Hospice of Southern WV (HSWV) is teaming with the “One Step Closer” Program to let families who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss know that there is help out there.

“Many people don’t’ realize that one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage or loss. It’s real, it’s painful and it’s in our lives now,” said Natalie Burley, Coordinator of the One Step Closer program. “Our society must encourage early prenatal care for women, improve prenatal health awareness and more tenderly minister to grieving families. That is what we are trying to do with the help of Hospice of Southern WV. “

As a community, getting “One Step Closer” to making a difference begins by educating the public about infant and pregnancy loss, offer more support to those experiencing this loss & provide opportunities for families to ‘grieve out loud.” A monument honoring the lives of babies and mothers lost due to prenatal illnesses has been designed with plans for dedication at Highlawn Memorial Park in the near future.

To our grieving families, may celebrating your baby’s life through events like the memory walk bring you “One Step Closer” to healing. If you have experienced a loss, contact us for memory box information and support through this difficult time. We do understand and you are not alone.

New River MIHOW and Hospice of Southern WV will be offering guidance to those parents and families who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss at the Lewis House, Main Street, Oak Hill on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m..   Parents stopping in will receive memory box keepsake items and resource information available in the Fayette County area and on-line connections. Also, registration will be available to take part in the 1st Annual New River MIHOW 2.5k Memory Walk/5k Run on May 2nd in Oak Hill. Parents can also sign up for a support group by New River MIHOW being offered in Fayette County. Call (304) 663-6658 for more information.

 The New River MIHOW Memory Walk, scheduled for Friday, May 2nd at 6:00 p.m. beginning at the Lively Family Amphitheater in Oak Hill. This walk is dedicated to celebrate the lives of babies lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, prematurity or other illnesses in early infancy. Join the evening’s event and show your support to families who need it most and do your part to bring awareness to the cause. Church families, medical providers, family members and friends walk as a team to honor lives that are too precious to forget. Register to set up a booth at the event or make a donation. Donations will support a butterfly memorial garden honoring the lives lost too soon at Highlawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Call (304) 663-6658 for more information.

 

 

 

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