The mission of the Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care Diversity Council is to recognize, embrace, honor and celebrate all the ways in which we are different and similar, seen and unseen, that exist within ourselves, our organization and the diverse communities we serve.
At Cornerstone Hospice, we celebrate diversity! We believe the sparks of light within us all have been the source of innovative ideas and creative accomplishments which define our past, present and future. To us, diversity is made up of all the experiences, values and world views that arise from our varied cultures, ethnicities and circumstances. The diverse team of people who provide care through Cornerstone Hospice embrace this same cultural richness in our patients and those who love them, whether there are differences of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or geographic region. Since 1984 Cornerstone Hospice has been at the forefront of providing quality care for those with terminal illnesses. Our focus is on helping those at the end of life, and those who love them, live every day to its fullest. Cornerstone Hospice celebrates diversity by doing the following:
Honoring and respecting each individual’s choices regarding faith and spirituality.
Offering services in multiple languages to meet the needs of our patients and those who love them.
Empowering family and friends to care for loved ones in the way they would prefer.
Providing care for the whole person, physically, emotionally and spiritually, as appropriate.
Supporting each person’s right to be the person he or she has intended to be, and recognizing people learn from each other.
Our not-for-profit organization has helped thousands of patients and their families who find themselves faced with end of life care. Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care makes its services available to all individuals facing life-limiting illnesses, and their families, without regard to age, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, diagnosis, cost of therapy, ability to pay, or life circumstances. We do not impose any value or belief system on our patients or their families and respect the values and belief systems of our patients and their families.
Diversity Statement of Support for Cornerstone Hospice Staff:
Cornerstone Hospice recognizes the importance of providing a work environment for its employees that encourages mutual respect, promotes civil and congenial relationships among co-workers, patients and family members of patients.
Cornerstone Hospice recognizes that negative situations may arise during the course of its employees providing care to patients and while interacting with patients and family members that may cause discomfort and friction.
Cornerstone Hospice recognizes our Mission requires us to put patients and families first. Cornerstone also understands the importance of providing a support system and avenues for its employees to access when they face conflict during the course of their work day.
Cornerstone Hospice recognizes the end-of-life stage can be a time of heightened sensitivities on the part of patients and families. It is important that Cornerstone Hospice employees understand and accept their primary responsibility not to do anything to escalate a difficult situation. It is the expectation of Cornerstone Hospice that its employees recognize in many situations they are guests invited into patients’ homes and patients and family members are to be treated with respect and dignity.
Cornerstone Hospice provides its employees with an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which offers support to its employees in a confidential setting.
Cornerstone Hospice Diversity Council is another vehicle for employees to use to voice diversity related concerns involving patients, families and co-workers. The Diversity Advisory Group (DAG) is a recommending body that can assist with resolving issues that do not violate State and Federal laws that must be addressed through the procedures outlined in Cornerstone Hospice policies: Non-Discrimination and Harassment; Abuse & Exploitation (Patient Services); Bullying in the Workplace; or, Patient Non-Discrimination.