A Celebration of Generosity

On February 21st dedicated and generous donors, staff, volunteers, trustees, and community members came together to celebrate the significant impact donor funding has on the care that Hospice of the Northwest provides. In 2018, donor funding provided more than $535,000 in support of expert and compassionate hospice care. Donor funds enhance programs like volunteer services, bereavement services, complementary therapy, staff education, medical equipment and technology, and hospice services for those who are not, or are under, insured.

Hospice of the Northwest Assistant Medical Director Leslie Estep explained how pediatric hospice care works alongside curative treatments and enhances quality of life for both the patient and family. She further explained that pediatric hospice care is especially complicated as children are both more fragile and more resilient than adults. Parents of children with complicated health conditions endure both logistical challenges and difficult decisions on whether to continue treatments or forego them to receive care at home focused on comfort. Thanks to changes in insurance, many children now qualify for “concurrent care in pediatrics” which allows parents to enroll their child in hospice services while continuing to receive advanced care that attempts to cure or reverse the disease. This program allows children to have the best of both worlds: access to pediatric specialists who know their child well and access to hospice care in the home.

Several Hospice of the Northwest staff described how donor funds have impacted the patients and families they care for. Deana Strom, HNW Spiritual Counselor, told an especially moving story about a family whose child was receiving care, and the unique ways donor funds helped provide a better quality of life for the family.

Wendy Rohrbacher, HNWF Executive Director, closed the program by thanking donors for their enthusiasm and generosity, she also reminded them that their “generosity not only helps hospice patients, but also their loved ones and our whole community. Your gifts provide hope, comfort, and laughter. Your gifts provide dignity and compassion every moment of life.”

To learn more about or make a donation to Hospice of the Northwest Foundation, visit www.hospicenw.org/foundation or call us at 360-814-5702.