The Importance of Naming a Health Care Decision Maker

Wouldn’t you assume that your next of kin—your spouse, your adult children or your closest relative—could make health care decisions for you in the event you could no longer make your own?  Most of the time, you would be right. But in my experience as a hospice physician, decision-making at the end of life is … More The Importance of Naming a Health Care Decision Maker

Celebrating Successes in Tanzania

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” Dr. Martin Luther King, 1964   Gilchrist’s partnership with Nkoaranga Hospital’s Palliative Care and Hospice Program in Tanzania continues to deepen in the … More Celebrating Successes in Tanzania

November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

We would like to recognize and thank all the dedicated staff and volunteers at Gilchrist Hospice Care for their commitment to providing the finest care through the end of life. We would also like to recognize and thank all of you, our dedicated and supportive community, for helping Gilchrist become who we are today. We have … More November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

Persevering in the Face of Adversity – the Story of a Hospice in Tanzania

Nine hundred patients, six staff members, forty-two volunteers, a catchment area spanning hundreds of miles, rough terrain, life expectancy of 48 years, the ravages of HIV in the community! These were some of the shocking things we learned from listening to our hospice partners from Tanzania in April. From April 14 through April 28, Gilchrist … More Persevering in the Face of Adversity – the Story of a Hospice in Tanzania

Looking ahead

There’s so much to do…and so little time.  Happy 2013!  It feels like yesterday that we were buying and storing bottled water, working with our IT colleagues and praying that our computer systems would be able to handle the changing of a century.  To think that 13 years have already passed is mind-boggling.  At Gilchrist … More Looking ahead