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Wednesday November 1, 2017

(Mount Airy, NC) November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month, when hospice professionals strive to raise awareness about compassionate end-of-life care.

"Every year, nearly 1.4 million people living with a life-limiting illness, receive care from hospices in this country," said Edo Banach, president and CEO of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. "These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life's most difficult journey."

"Our team of doctors, nurses, chaplains, and volunteers are committed to offering patients a pain-free quality of life, while providing support services to their families and loved ones," said Denise Watson, Executive Director of Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care. "During this special month, we want to tell our story to as many folks as possible, so that they will let us help them when the need arises."

Hospice and palliative care programs provide medically supervised pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.   

Throughout November, Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care will be joining organizations across the nation in hosting activities that will help people understand more about how hospice works and when to begin planning for care. 

For more information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning, visit www.mtnvalleyhospice.org or NHPCO's www.caringinfo.org.

To view videos about families who have benefitted from hospice care, visit www.momentsoflife.org.  


About Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care

Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care is a nonprofit organization providing high quality end-of-life care in 17 counties from 9 locations in North Carolina and Virginia. Through its team of hospice professionals and specially-trained volunteers, Mountain Valley Hospice addresses the growing need for compassionate hospice care through offices in Mount Airy, Yadkinville, Elkin, and Pilot Mountain, NC; and in Hillsville, Martinsville, and Stuart, VA.
Mountain Valley Hospice also owns and operates two hospice inpatient facilities: The Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, NC, and the SECU Hospice Care Center in Yadkinville, NC. Both offer a homelike setting with state of the art amenities such as family rooms, mediation room, children’s play room and much more for patients and families alike. The goal for both facilities is to help families be as comfortable as possible as they stay close by their loved one during this time when families are needed most.


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