The Andeavor Foundation has made a $25,000 grant to the Hospice of the Northwest Foundation Clinical Staff Education Fund according to a joint announcement by Marathon Petroleum Company,  the Andeavor Foundation and The Hospice of the Northwest Foundation. The grant will improve patient safety and improve the delivery of expert healthcare in the home. A robust education program for Hospice clinicians will ultimately ease suffering, enhance quality of life, and provide dying people more control in fulfilling their end of life wishes.

Hospice care provides care to the patient and the entire family unit. With hospice, curative attempts are replaced by palliative care to eliminate or greatly reduce pain and symptoms associated with the illness. Hospice care offers its range of services for a variety of illnesses and conditions through a team approach, offering a package that is physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually supportive. Studies have shown that in some cases, hospice care can extend a person’s life expectancy.

Medical progress is continually changing the way symptom management and care is provided. Remaining current in best practice, pharmacology, and palliation is essential for Hospice staff. To that end, Hospice of the Northwest expends nearly $50,000 per year training its staff: from webinars to seminars to onsite clinical skills practice.

The Andeavor Foundation’s support will provide necessary funding associated with training and educating Hospice clinicians including Medical Doctors, Registered Nurses, Medical Social Workers, and other members of the hospice interdisciplinary team. Additionally, the grant will enable the organization to retain and recruit a top tier staff.

“It takes generous support from strong community partners to provide expert, dignified, and compassionate end-of-life care,” said Wendy Rohrbacher, executive director of HNWF. “This grant from the Andeavor Foundation will have a positive impact on the quality of care that our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and loved ones receive.”

“We are proud of the partnership our refinery has been able to establish with the Hospice of the Northwest.” Said Matt Gill, Manager of Government and Public Affairs for Marathon Petroleum.

Hugh Pierce, a member of the refinery’s Senior Management Team, serves as a Trustee of the Hospice of the Northwest Foundation and has been instrumental in developing this continuing partnership.  “With the recent acquisition of the Andeavor refinery by Marathon Petroleum, we look forward to continuing this relationship that provides meaningful Shared Value for the community, our employees and their families.”

“We are grateful this funding,” added Rohrbacher. “Because of this grant, hospice patients will continue to be cared for by a well-educated and expert team of clinicians.”

About Marathon Petroleum Corporation 

 Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC) is a large-scale geographically-diversified and highly -integrated refining, marketing and midstream company. MPC is the nation’s largest refiner, with a crude oil refining capacity of more than 3 million barrels per calendar day in its 16-refinery system. MPC’s high-quality, nationwide retail and marketing business includes approximately 3,900 company-owned and -operated stores and 7,800 branded locations. MPC owns the general partners of MPLX LP and Andeavor Logistics LP, two strong, customer-focused midstream master limited partnerships.

About Hospice of the Northwest Foundation

 The Hospice of the Northwest Foundation (HNWF) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit agency that funds expert, compassionate and dignified end of life care in Skagit, Snohomish, San Juan, and Island Counties. The Foundation works to enhance and ensure quality of life at the end of life. HNWF received its 501c3 status in 2001.