Washington Evening Journal

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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 15, 2018

Letters to the editor

Aug 30, 2017

To the Editor:

I have been a Hospice of Washington County volunteer since its inception in 1989.

I was in the first volunteer training class offered, as I strongly felt the need for local hospice care in the Washington area. As a registered nurse at the Washington County Hospital, I saw many patients and families who would benefit from the services our hospice could offer.

Hospice of Washington County is a “Not for Profit” organization, which means any profit earned by them goes back into the program to improve and provide more services for our clients and their families. We do not pick and choose our clients on their needed level of care or their ability to pay. We are reimbursed for services and care through Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance carriers. No one is turned away. Other sources of operating funds come from the Community Chest, the Kalona United Fund, community memorials and our fundraising events. The community has always offered tremendous support [for] our efforts.

Being a local hospice has an added benefit that our employees and volunteers are folks from the surrounding areas. This brings an added “home-like feeling” to our clients and families.

I enjoy the volunteer work I do. It is most rewarding and always appreciated by clients, families and the staff. We are small but offer comfort and caring to those we serve.

Marcia Wilson



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