Nashville Mayor Karl Dean helped Alive Hospice celebrate National Hospice and Palliative Care Month¬†this week with a proclamation honoring hospice care and the caregivers who provide it. Mayor Dean presented the proclamation to Alive Hospice representatives at the Metro Courthouse.
“Nashville has a proud history of a high-quality health care system, and Alive Hospice is an important part of that network,‚ÄĚ Mayor Dean said. ‚ÄúAlive Hospice was the first hospice program in Nashville and one of the first in the entire country. Over the years, Nashvillians have come to depend on Alive Hospice for providing care for thousands of terminally ill patients, their families and those who have lost loved ones.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†The proclamation notes that:
- Hospice caregivers provide comfort to patients facing life-threatening illnesses and a limited life expectancy
- When curative treatments are no longer effective, hospice caregivers enhance quality of life through pain and symptom management as well as emotional and spiritual support
- Because a terminal illness affects not only patients, but loved ones as well, family members of hospice patients also benefit from the emotional and spiritual support given by hospice caregivers
Pictured: Alive Hospice Community Outreach Coordinator Keith King, Chaplain Khette Cox, Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Operating Office Barbara Brennan, President and CEO Anna-Gene O’Neal, Mayor Dean, Administrator of Home Hospice Care Leslie Baker, Administrator of Inpatient Hospice Care Darlene Rutledge, Media Relations Coordinator Jared Porter, Nurse Lisa Graham and Hospice Aide Esther Eriamiatoe. (Photo by Gary Layda, Metro Photographer)