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In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, please join Hospice Austin to watch the riveting film “Defining Hope” on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7 pm at Regal Arbor 8 Cinema ~ 9828 Great Hills Trail. “Defining Hope” weaves the stories of patients with life-threatening illness — and the nurses who guide them — […]

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Blessing of the Animals

Hospice Austin knows that animals are a source of comfort for many of our patients and staff members. Join us as we honor the special role of our pets at “A Blessing of the Animals” on Sunday, October 15 at 2 pm.

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Hospice Austin Standard Bearer of 2017 Erik Secrest

Announcing our Standard Bearer for 2017:  Erik Secrest! Years before our organization began a conversation about the RIGHT way Standards of Behavior, Erik was living out those characteristics day after day.  For almost 20 years, Erik has served at the “heart” of Hospice Austin’s Christopher House as the Unit Clerk. We have a fireplace in the living room at Hospice Austin's Christopher House where people can warm themselves on cold days.  When Erik is here, the hearth moves over to the Unit Clerk desk, and people are warmed by his beautiful, welcoming spirit. Erik makes us proud to be part of the Hospice Austin team!

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Hospice Austin Standard Bearer Peggy Stoll

Introducing our fourth nomination for Standard Bearer of 2017:  Peggy Stoll! Peggy is always respectful of others.  She listens carefully, thoughtfully, and never interrupts people who are talking to her.  She is a life-long learner and is always recommending books that can help us in our work and life.  She constantly expresses gratitude for the work that others on her team are doing with patients and families.  

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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 Nikki Hudnall

Introducing our third nominee for Standard Bearer of 2017:  Nikki Hudnall! LVN Visit Nurse Nikki is always respectful and has a positive attitude.  She advocates for patients with passion and determination while being gentle in her approach.  She looks for new information that will be helpful to her patients and colleagues as well as efficient ways to share this knowledge. 

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Hospice Austin Standard Bearer Kristin Santiago

Introducing our second nominee for Standard Bearer of the Year, Kristin Santiago! Kristin Santiago is a Hospice Austin social worker.  She is very dedicated to her job, position, to her team. 

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It’s been 13 years and counting. My dad passed away somewhat suddenly after being a very active man. The last few days of his life we turned to hospice so we could bring our dad home where he wanted to be. Up to this point, I had no experience or contact with a hospice organization—death […]

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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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Planning Ahead, His Way

Jim Southard hated to see anything go to waste. He lived quite frugally, but was very charitable, said his daughter, Jane Warren. He collected food for the Central Austin Food Bank, volunteered with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and delivered meals through Meals on Wheels. Jane said that of all the volunteer work he did, however, Hospice Austin held the biggest place in his heart.

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