One of my favorite things….

Catherine Hamel, Executive Director, Gilchrist Hospice Care

As the Executive Director of Gilchrist Hospice Care, my days are largely spent working on the “business” of hospice.  With health care reform well underway on both the state and federal levels and a challenging economic environment for the our country overall, I spend a lot of time and energy thinking about how these real and proposed changes will impact our organization.  Much of what is in store for us in the upcoming months and years are revenue cuts and  increasing regulatory oversight. 

To re-energize I am grateful to have the time to spend with our patients and our always caring and compassionate staff.  Over the past year, I have dedicated a  Friday each month to visit our patients with our staff as they make their daily rounds.  Our patients are incredible people who have, in many cases, lived long and rich lives and their willingness to share their life stories and their current challenges as they face their own end of life is inspiring.   I hope I can show the same dignity, wisdom and strength that I see in our patients when my own end of life is in front of me.  Our staff always describe their days as fulfilling and even when they suggest an organizational change, they are quick to share how much they love the work they do.   It shows, and our patients and families feel it! I would be comforted to have any of them share at my bedside or the bedside of my loved ones.

What these visits do for me is to help keep what’s most important in the forefront of our many and often tough decisions.  We are an organization dedicated to providing the finest in end if life care.  Thank you for helping me keep that vision firmly embedded in my thoughts and actions.

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