The Connecticut Hospice receives the first Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Palliative Care
November 14, 2011 10:17 AM
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Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
WASHINGTON D.C. (November 14, 2011) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement in recognition of The Connecticut Hospice, the nation’s first hospice, receiving the Joint Commission’s first Advanced Certification in Palliative Care:
“The Connecticut Hospice is America’s first hospice and still one of its very finest. It was born in1974, only two years after Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging at the first Congressional hearings on the previously taboo subject of death and dying in America. The Connecticut Hospice quickly proved you can help terminally ill persons to live fully to the end of their days and remain surrounded by members of their family and friends. The magic ingredient, according to Rosemary Johnson-Hurzeler, who has devoted her life to the growth of this hospice, is to put as much love as possible into every interaction between hospice professionals and the patients and family members they serve.
As someone who has over several years visited many hospices and as someone who helped write the first major hospice legislation for Senators Frank E. Moss and Frank Church in 1972 and collaborated with Congressman Pepper and the Senators in making hospice a part of Medicare, I can attest that The Connecticut Hospice is the ‘real deal.’ Patients and their families have told me that they have never felt more loved, more at peace and more uplifted than during their stay at The Connecticut Hospice.
The Connecticut Hospice literally wrote the book on hospice care. The protocols they developed became the industry standard. And they gladly shared what they had learned with others. Professionals from across America – and for that matter from all over the world – have traveled to Connecticut to see what hospice is all about. And one result is that hospices have been created in every major city in America.
Under the inspired continuing leadership of Rosemary Johnson-Hurzeler, The Connecticut Hospice endures and continues to be a beacon for hospice programs everywhere, a yardstick which all can measure against. And this is recognized today by the Joint Commission with the award of its first Advanced Certification in Palliative Care. We at the National Association for Home Care and Hospice are proud that The Connecticut Hospice is a member of our organization and was, in fact, our first hospice member. ”
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC visit www.nahc.org and www.caring.org.