Local Compassus program joins veterans partnership

Published 12:05 am Sunday, July 26, 2015

McCOMB – The Compassus program serving Brookhaven, Columbia, McComb and Natchez has achieved level one partnership with We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve end-of-life care for American veterans.

“One out of four dying Americans is a veteran, and we are passionate about providing quality end-of-life care and to better understand – through education and training – the unique needs of men and women with military service,” said Glenda Sinclair, executive director of Compassus – Mid-Mississippi.

We Honor Veterans provides educational tools and resources to help hospice providers

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promote veteran-centric educational activities, increase organizational capacity to serve veterans, develop and strengthen strategic partnerships, increase access and improve quality of care.

NHPCO and the VA invite hospice providers to pursue four levels of partnership with the We Honor Veterans program. The first level demonstrates a provider’s commitment to provide relevant education and training for staff and volunteers, and to identify patients with military experience. Subsequent levels require additional education and training, and other activities including community education and outreach to veterans organizations, establishing veteran-specific policies and procedures, and seeking local partnerships with veteran organizations.