MSHF asks for support for hospice program

From Staff Reports

   JOHNSON CITY -- Mountain States Health Foundation (MSHF) is asking for support for the Mountain States Hospice (MSH) program.
   "We're proud of the important service our hospice healthcare providers bring to families in the region," said Kay Arnold, RN, MSH director. "The providers make special efforts to ensure that terminally ill patients can spend their final days at home with loved ones."
   Mountain States Hospice professionals, a news release states, "make those final days as comfortable as possible for patients in their own homes by providing the needed healthcare -- including pain management -- as well as emotional, social and spiritual support for both the patient and the patient's family."
   A local businessman, whose wife died in February at home with family, described that support as a godsend. "It was a blessing to have these people," he said. "She was in an environment where she wanted to be, and that was important."
   Mountain States Hospice is offered through nine not-for-profit facilities in the Mountain States family of healthcare providers. Gifts in support of hospice will help the program extend and continue to improve this service to families across the region.
   The Foundation is seeking gifts to the hospice program in the amounts of $25, $50, $100 or more "in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special individual." Contributors will receive a crystal ornament with a sketched angel.
   The name of the person being memorialized or honored, and names of individuals and/or families to be notified of the gift, should be provided with the contribution to ensure proper acknowledgment by the Foundation.
   Checks should be made payable to Mountain States Health Foundation, 1021 West Oakland Ave., Suite 103, Johnson City, TN 37604.
   For more information, call 952-3110.