Over 1.5 million people benefit from hospice care

Did you know? According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in 2010, 1,029,000 United States residents died in hospice care in our country, 292,759 remained in hospice care into 2011, and 259,000 were discharged after receiving symptom control and comfort care from expert hospice and palliative care providers in 2010.

While I received my nickname “the numbers lady” as a result of my love of numbers and analysis, I promise, not a moment passes that I don’t think about what each number represents. Someone who was loved by many, missed by all. Hospice care is such a blessing in that we have the unique mission to treat the patient and family as a whole and serve all those in the circle of ones precious life. The over 1.5 million referenced above does not take into account the family members, children and friends who are part of our care circle when providing hospice care.

I’ve been fortunate to experience hospice care for a few loved ones throughout the last ten years of my life, and in 2010, one number referenced above represented my beloved grandmother, Alma. She was cared for by a wonderful team in Westchester, NY and each day, her daughters and son’s expressed their relief and gratitude for the opportunity to be children again, spending their last six months with their mom, living each moment to the fullest.

While hospice care, like all specialized healthcare, requires monitoring many statistics and measuring those statistics against the norm, it’s all necessary for the benefit of exceptional patient care. Our mission is to provide the exceptional quality care available, always, each and every moment. Each measure helps us learn and ensure we are exceeding those standards and our teams strive to always exceed expectations.

Did someone you love receive care from one of our nation’s over 5,000 hospice providers? Tell us about your experience. [Due to patient confidentiality we ask that you do not fully disclose patient name nor identifying details.] Share your experience as a member of the family or friend of someone cared for by our specialized hospice care services.

My favorite number? 1 – each single number representing each opportunity Covenant Hospice’s specialized care team is blessed to receive to care for your loved one. For more information on Choosing Covenant Hospice, visit http://www.covenanthospice.org. Every day is a gift.


About tristessao

Tristessa Osborne serves Covenant Hospice as the Vice-President of Marketing. She earned her Masters in Management in 2004 from Troy State University, and Bachelor's of Interdisciplinary Studies of Social Science in 2001 from University of West Florida. Tristessa moved to Pensacola in 1999, from Dallas / Fort Worth and has worked for Covenant since 2007. Prior to Covenant Hospice, Tristessa held positions in various capacities such as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for teens, Case Manager for the severely mentally ill, and business management and ownership. She is past-chair of the National Hospice Workgroup, Sales and Marketing forum after serving three years as chair.

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