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Cornerstone SALUTES! program enhances veteran-to-veteran outreach; increases capacity to provide specialized needs for veterans.
Tavares, Fla, November 25, 2013 – Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care has attained the highest level of accreditation, Level 4 status, with the We Honor Veterans program, a national initiative in collaboration with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
“Cornerstone Hospice now serves 80 new military veterans each month with our specialized end-of-life care,” said Chuck Lee, CEO of Cornerstone Hospice. “The achievement of the ‘fourth star’ demonstrates Cornerstone’s commitment to providing the best level of care to men and women who have sacrificed so much for our nation.”
Established in 2010, the Cornerstone SALUTES! program honors local veterans with a ceremony, led by a specially-trained U.S. veteran volunteer, tailor-made for the veteran patient and family. During the ceremony, the veteran patient is presented with a special pin and Certificate of Appreciation. Approximately 40-50 ceremonial pinnings are held each month throughout Cornerstone Hospice’s seven-county region.
Additionally, Cornerstone’s interdisciplinary teams are specially trained to provide medical, spiritual, social and administrative support to veterans and their families.
As an accredited partner with the national We Honor Veterans initiative, Cornerstone Hospice has completed specific activities using practical resources designed to increase ability the organization’s service to veterans and their families.
“We have now gone through all of the training required to make sure we meet all U.S. veterans’ end-of-life needs,” said Alex Newsom, a former combat medic in the U.S. Army during the Persian Gulf War and now Cornerstone Hospice’s Veterans Program Supervisor. “As a veteran, I would want to know that, when the time comes, I am served by a program that is dedicated to providing medical care and support that is appropriate to my specific needs.”
Cornerstone Hospice is among more than 2,100 hospices that are We Honor Veterans partners and one of only 106 hospice agencies to have attained Level 4 status.
“On behalf of We Honor Veterans Program, we are grateful for the commitment and service that Cornerstone Hospice is providing Veterans and their families. We congratulate the staff at Cornerstone Hospice for achieving the We Honor Veterans Level 4 Partner recognition,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Posted on Mon, 25 Nov 2013
Tavares, Fla., November 15, 2013 – Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care has joined more than 60 hospices nationwide in becoming accredited with the National Institute For Jewish Hospice (NIJH).
The accreditation links Cornerstone Hospice with NIJH which provides staff training, insights on treating Jewish patients, who are terminally ill, access to resources and education about Jewish custom and practice that may arise while caring for a hospice patient who is Jewish.
The accreditation was earned after Cornerstone’s Spiritual Manager Rich Behers attended the NIJH 28th Accreditation Conference in New Jersey this month.
“The training and resources now available through NIJH enables Cornerstone’s interdisciplinary teams to provide specialized care to patients of the Jewish faith who are at the end of their life,” said Behers. “We can now offer appropriate emotional and spiritual support to our patients and their families as they go through this most difficult journey.”
The NIJH conference brought together people from hospices across the country in related fields, including rabbis, administrators, chaplains of all faiths, psychologists, nurses, bereavement counselor and social workers for an intensive day of sessions, presenting the best minds in the field to lecture and discuss all aspects of hospice and the Jewish terminally ill.
“We congratulate Cornerstone Hospice for earning this important accreditation,” said Rabbi Maurice Lamm, Founder and President of NIJH. “Cornerstone is now part of a database of accredited Florida hospices that NIJH will refer patients, families and rabbis to when they seek the best care for the Jewish terminally ill.”
NIJH was established in 1985 to help alleviate suffering in serious and terminal illness. Its 52,000 members are comprised of business and professional leaders, and a consortium of endowing foundations. NIJH serves as a resource and educational center for hospices, hospitals, family service, medical organizations and all health-care agencies, educating them to the issues and challenges of serving the Jewish terminally ill.
Posted on Mon, 25 Nov 2013
(November 1, 2013) November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care is joining hospices across the country in reaching out to raise awareness about important care issues for people coping with life-limiting illness.
“Every year, Cornerstone Hospice provides exceptional hospice care for more than 6,000 Central Floridians living with a life-limiting illness” said Chuck Lee, CEO of Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care. “Our highly-trained professionals and volunteers provide more than quality medical care. They work to make sure patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”
Hospice is more than traditional healthcare. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life.
According to a nationwide Gallup survey conducted for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, nine out of 10 adults would prefer to be cared for at home rather than in a hospital or nursing home if diagnosed with a terminal illness.
“Hospice does provide the option of being cared for at a place the patient calls home,” said Lee. “In fact, the vast majority of the hospice care Cornerstone provides takes place in the patient’s residence, assisted living facility or nursing home.”
In Lake, Sumter, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties, more than 6,000 patients received home and facility hospice care from Cornerstone’s interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, nursing aides, social workers, chaplains and trained volunteers.
Additionally, Cornerstone Hospice provides bereavement services to the community whether or not a person’s loved one was in hospice care. Cornerstone’s certified grief counselors assisted nearly 5,200 people through the bereavement process.
Cornerstone also offers a number of volunteer-based programs that provide additional services such as Cornerstone SALUTES!, Pet Peace of Mind, the Cornerstone Food Pantry, and more. In fiscal year 2011-12, Cornerstone Hospice’s 876 volunteers provided more than 43,000 volunteer hours.
Posted on Fri, 1 Nov 2013
Alexander is a partner with the firm Potter Clement Bergholtz Alexander. His practice is focused on commercial litigation and civil litigation. The firm also handles probate, trusts, real property, construction law and mediation, among other things.
Alexander’s commitment to the community extends beyond Cornerstone Hospice. He currently serves as Past President of the Educational Foundation of Lake County, Vice Chair of The Arc Sunrise of Central Florida and as a member of the Salvation Army of Lake-Sumter Advisory Board. He is also a member of various legal associations including the Lake County Bar Association where he is Past President and as a member of the Professionalism Committee for the Fifth Judicial Circuit.
“Cornerstone Hospice will benefit greatly from Joe’s vast experience as we continue our mission to provide exceptional care to our patients and families while operating transparently and responsibly,” said Chuck Lee, CEO of Cornerstone Hospice.
Alexander resides in Mount Dora with his wife, Carrie, a public school teacher.
Posted on Thu, 24 Oct 2013
Devices enable better patient quality of life by providing a lifeline outside of a room.
Tavares, Fla. – Patients and their families receiving care in Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care’s hospice houses and partner facilities can now connect instantly with loved ones far away.
Using new iPads, the Cornerstone patients and their families are able to use Apple’s FaceTime video chat application to talk to and see loved ones who cannot be bedside. Additionally, they have access to a growing number of applications that allow for downloading books, streaming music, playing games, and much more.
The new iPads, called “iPops” are outfitted on a lightweight stand that can be moved easily throughout a patient’s room or to another location in the hospice house. A wireless internet network enables quick access to online applications.
“Our hospice care team has even used the iPads to allow a man in our care to communicate with his wife who is in a nursing home and unable to visit him,” said Derenda “D.J.” Hamilton, Cornerstone’s IT Director. “Since introducing the iPads, our nursing staff has identified even more ways to use the devices because the technology is easy-to-use and applications are diverse.”
A $10,000 grant from the J. Milton Hoffa and Nellie E. Hoffa Memorial Foundation provided the initial funding for Cornerstone to purchase iPads to replace outdated PCOW’s (personal computer on wheels) that were introduced to the hospice houses in 2004. Sprint helped set up the iPads and facilitated initial training.
“Most people are familiar with these newer devices already and they’re much simpler to use,” said Kim Carter, volunteer specialist at the Lane Purcell Hospice House in Sumterville. “It only takes a minute for our staff to help a patient or family member get set up. Our job is to improve the quality of life for our patients and families.”
Additionally, Hamilton says the iPads are ideal because they can easily be “wiped clean,” or memory from previous users erased, and the device restored to as-new with all of the music, games and apps in place for when a new patient moves into a hospice house room.
Each “iPop” costs approximately $1,000 and Cornerstone Hospice hopes to ultimately have one device in each of the 46 rooms in the hospice houses and in partner facility Winter Park Towers.
Additionally, Sprint is working with D. J. Hamilton to further enhance Cornerstone’s care for its patients.
Posted on Wed, 9 Oct 2013
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