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Checking Off Bucket List Items

At Hospice of the Midwest, we take the question, “What’s on this person’s bucket list?” quite seriously. When asked by our Medical Director, Dr. John Hamerly at an Interdisciplinary Group meeting, we looked to the next deserving hospice patient, Ellie. Ellie was an avid horse back rider all her life and best friend Trish (for 60+ years) was her companion on trail riding, camping, attending rodeos, and enjoying the great outdoors. Her bucket list item was something easy to accomplish; to see and pet a horse! A phone call was made to Becky and Linda, who volunteer with River Valley…
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Choose Hospice of the Midwest – A Personal Testimony

“This whole journey started for me and my mother, who has Alzheimer’s, while we were staying at the hospital. There were quite a few residents on her floor who were using Hospice of the Midwest, so they were always getting to know other patients on the floor and being friendly as they passed by. When we decided we wanted hospice, it was good for my mother because she was familiar with them. I was also at ease because of their familiarity and having seen Hospice of the Midwest working with other families on the same floor. I knew I was…
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250 Reasons to Smile

Earlier this month Hospice of the Midwest partnered with Junior High students from Open World Learning (OWL) in the West St. Paul Art Department. Since then, we have received 250 handmade watercolor cards from their 7th and 8th grade classes! The students learned about our hospice care through our Volunteer/Bereavement Coordinator, Nichole Paladie, with an informative presentation and Q&A session. In the following weeks, the students were then taught how to water color. Each student designed 4 cards and it was very evident the pride each student showed as they presented their finished cards to the staff. This was a…
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Quilts for Our Hospice Patients

Check out this beautifully patriotic quilt! Isn’t it delightful? Pictured is our Hospice of the Midwest – Minnesota team with a beautiful Army Quilt made specially for a military veteran patient. These very unique quilts are made by St. Peters Lutheran Church in Afton, MN and made possible by a very special donation from Thrivent Financial of Minnesota. Again, thank you to St. Peters Lutheran Church and Thrivent Financial of Minnesota for providing these quilts for our patients. Every little bit matters in making them more comfortable and feeling at-home.  
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The Patriot Award – Honoring Those We Support

Hospice of the Midwest’s exceptional care doesn’t start and stop with its patients. Part of its wholesome community care includes supporting its employees. Recently, Lynnea Andersen, Executive Director Hospice of the Midwest, received the Patriot Award for her efforts supporting Registered Nurse (RN) Case Manager Jessica Soderblom in the Iowa National Guard. “It was quite unexpected and pretty much left me speechless,” said Andersen. “It is for contributing to national security and protecting liberty by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force. So that is pretty cool…I am truly humbled.” The award is from the Office of…
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Sue Roussel – Employee Spotlight!

Here at Hospice of the Midwest we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping others through our services and now think it is time to take a look into the culture and community that make up HOMW. Meet Sue Roussel, she has long been with the newly named Hospice of the Midwest in Minnesota as an LPN! Before joining the team, Sue came to us with 24 wonderful years of experience in nursing, had recently taken up snowboarding, and had been on two mission trips to Haiti. Since she joined the team back in June of 2016, Sue has grown and learned to…
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Hospice Affirms Life

Hearts for Hospice & Home Health, hospice affirms life. And when in hospice care it is likely you have an interdisciplinary team consisting of kind and skilled nurses, medical directors, aids, social workers, chaplains, and hospice volunteers all practicing a holistic tailored approach. So, who are the ordinary people doing extraordinary things? Well everyone on your team, but today we are recognizing why hospice volunteers can have such an important role in end-of-life care. A hospice volunteer is considered someone who has the ability to share their heart and watch others’ hearts grow as time passes, sharing a connectedness. For…
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HOMW Promoted to THREE Stars with National Vet Program

Hospice of the Midwest was promoted to level three status within the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s We Honor Veterans program. The national program aims to improve the care received by veterans from hospice and palliative care providers. The program provides four levels of recognition to organizations that demonstrate a commitment to improving care for veterans. In order to reach level three, Hospice of the Midwest was tasked with providing education to the staff and the community toward building a “veteran-centric” culture, providing quality care for veterans and their families and enhancing its veteran volunteer program. For information: wehonorveterans.org
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Hospice Experience: The Iowa Farmer’s Wife

If you knew Grandma Neva, you had a seat in her kitchen. The Iowa Farmer’s Wife, known for her homemade bread, had a heart for hospitality. UPS workers timed their deliveries around lunchtime, and “if you hit cocktail hour, you’d be offered a cold margarita,” laughs Neva’s Daughter-in-Law, Kelly Jo.   Neva had always been vibrant and active. She helped her husband drive tractors on the farm in “small-town” Yale, Iowa. The couple [junior high sweethearts] had three boys who loved football. Neva never missed a game. Her greatest love in life was her family.   Then the worst happened.…