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Hospice of the Piedmont

Mission: The mission of the Hospice of Piedmont is to change the way persons view serious illness, death and dying.  Their vision is that no one should die alone or in pain.

Community Need: Hospice of the Piedmont was the only hospice organization in the area for many years. In recent years, thirteen other hospice organizations have come to the area. They remain, however, the only not-for-profit in the entire region. They serve individuals from the city and the county, rich and poor and do not answer to stockholders.

Constituents Served: Anyone in need of hospice care or counseling for hospice related issues is eligible for care regardless of insurance or ability to pay.  In various service areas, the Hospice of the Piedmont was able to serve over 1,100 patients last year and to partner with the patient and family for their end-of life needs. Last year they served over 75 patients from Staunton, Waynesboro, Nelson, and Augusta County.  Most, but not all, patients were elderly. These numbers do not include any patients at Hospice House or the Center for Acute Hospice Care. Also not counted are any children served or any adult counseling persons.

Primary Activities: Their primary activity is excellence in end of life care for patients and their families.  They provide extensive counseling for both adults and children and provide two residential facilities for those in need of more intensive care or who have no care at home.

No patient will be turned away; their desire is to provide excellence in end of care for both patients and their families.  The Hospice of Piedmont provides grief counseling for what some call the “forgotten ones” in a family death. They are also available to the community as needed such as the terrible bus accident last year when they provided counseling and art therapy for the school, students, faculty and parents.  There is no charge for their counseling services and they are not reimbursed by Medicare.

Amount Requested: $5,000

Operating Budget: $15,489,000

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