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Saint Mary’s Hospice becomes a national partner in “We Honor Veterans” program

By ThisIsReno

SAINT MARY’S NEWS RELEASE

Saint Mary’s Hospice recognizes the unique needs of American veterans and their families and recently achieved Partner Level One status through the “We Honor Veterans” program (WHV). As a national partner, Saint Mary’s Hospice provides veteran-specific education to staff and volunteers, enhancing patient care.

“’We Honor Veterans’ goes to great lengths to assist medical personnel with comprehending the emotional and physical impact that military experiences have on veterans and their families,” Dr. Reed Dopf, assistant medical director for Saint Mary’s Hospice. “The program enhances our philosophy of caring and is a great resource that enables us to restore peace in our veteran patients, helping them to live a fuller, more meaningful life- even in the wake of serious illness.”

“We Honor Veterans” is a national program developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The program is focused on guiding hospices, state hospice organizations, Hospice-Veteran Partnerships and VA facilities to develop programs and resources specifically for veterans and their families.

Saint Mary’s Hospice achieved Partner Level One by providing multiple training opportunities for staff and volunteers to learn about veteran care. Hospice personnel have also developed partnerships with local VA facilities to ensure veteran patients are receiving quality healthcare and resources.

For more information about Saint Mary’s Hospice visit www.saintmarysreno.org/hospice or call 775-770-3081.

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About Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s Network is a fully-integrated, faith-based health system in Reno, Nev. founded in 1908 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.  The network is comprised of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, an acute-care hospital, providing inpatient, outpatient and wellness services; Saint Mary’s Health Plans, a statewide insurance provider with more than 40,000 members; and Saint Mary’s Medical Group, a network of physicians and other health professionals offering primary and urgent care, retail clinics and specialty healthcare.  A member of Catholic Healthcare West, Saint Mary’s is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of our community. For more information, visit our website at www.saintmarysreno.org.

About Catholic Healthcare West

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is a system of 40 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Founded in 1986, it is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health care systems and the largest private hospital system in California. CHW is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. The CHW network of nearly 10,000 physicians and approximately 54,000 employees provides health care services to more than five million people annually. In 2010, CHW provided more than $1.3 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.chwHEALTH.org.