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Honoring Madelyn’s Wish

In February 2017, 16-year-old Madelyn Shoales was diagnosed with a rare type of brain cancer. She underwent surgery to remove the tumor, followed by six weeks of radiation. One year later, when it became apparent that Madelyn would not survive her courageous battle, her last wish was to die at home. Her parents, Suzannah and Jason Shoales, and her Hospice Austin pediatric care team were determined to do everything they could to honor her wish. Bethany Miller was Madelyn’s RN case manager.

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Loving Spirits

Stacy Pruitt became a certified nurse aide after witnessing the subpar care her grandmother received from a nursing home in her small town. Suzanne Armistead became a CNA after seeing the excellent care her brother received. Andrew Stratman became a CNA after visiting his grandmother in a nursing home several times a day for about a year. “It was never a chore for me to help her,” he said. “I felt privileged to do it. It made me realize I have an aptitude.”

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The Beauty and the Mystery

Hospice Austin social workers are on the emotional front lines for patients and families coming to the end of life’s journey. They help families heal fractured relationships, plan funerals, access social support services, normalize symptoms, and give voice to their sadness and fear. They provide a calming presence by holding space and offering support for the social and emotional issues that arise during this agonizing time. They help patients and families build on their own emotional strength.

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Celebrating 20 Years of In-patient Care

When Hospice Austin Executive Director Marjorie Mulanax toured Christopher House in 1993 after it opened as a small AIDS hospital, she was dazzled. “Oh my gosh,” she remembers thinking, “They’ve done what we need to do!” Hospice Austin needed an in-patient facility, but Marjorie didn’t see how it would be financially possible.

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Hospice Austin Standard Bearer Brian King

Our fifth nomination for Standard Bearer of the Year:  Brian King! Brian is known to all as being ready to serve, not just our patients, but also his co workers and other staff, as well as our partners in clinical service delivery.  It is impossible to find a standard of behavior that Brian does not exemplify.  His approach with everyone is to honor them by his words and actions.  You can’t help but feel valued by the implicit appreciation he conveys.

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Hospice Austin Standard Bearer Christina Remus

Over this week we will be sharing a little about each of the six people nominated as Hospice Austin’s Standard Bearers for 2017. Here is a little bit about our first nominee, Director of Quality Christina Remus, from the colleague who nominated her.

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Bearing the Light

To borrow the words of a poem by Jan Richardson, our staff are the bearers of light in unbearable times. They are the heart of the care we provide to our patients and families. For the past year, Hospice Austin has engaged in an internal campaign that illustrates that heart through our RIGHT way Standards of Behavior that emphasize Respect, Innovation, Gratitude, Honesty, and Teamwork.

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Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a serious illness, the last thing on your mind should be financial strain. Fortunately, there may be resources available for you. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers disability benefits for people in need, as well as their eligible dependents.

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Terry’s Song

Not long ago, Terry Yon was sitting at his kitchen table feeling sick and despondent. He began writing down his thoughts. He had always been interested in songwriting but had never done it – until now. He was writing for himself, but he was also writing for every other person who has spent long hours in chemotherapy infusion rooms and strapped to radiation tables. A song was born: God, Are You Near Me At All?

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Hospice Austin was recently chosen to participate in the Reel Change Film Frenzy, a project sponsored by the nonprofit Lights, Camera, Help whose mission is to help area nonprofits by making mission-driven films that tell their story. Hospice Austin was selected by filmmaker Don Nguyen of ILC Films. Don highlighted the work of nurse practitioner Brian King, who has worked at Hospice Austin for 16 years. To watch the video, please click on the link.

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