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Monday November 2, 2015

November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness.

"Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country," said J. Donald Schumacher, 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."

Denise Watson, Executive Director of Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care said, "In recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Mountain Valley Hospice celebrates the hard work of all staff who provide excellent care and services to patients, families, caregivers and survivors, and those who provide back office support and services."

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

Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Through this specialized quality care, we see many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together. Hospice helps them focus on living despite a terminal diagnoses.

Throughout the month of November, Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care will be joining organizations across the nation hosting activities that will help the community understand how important hospice and palliative care can be.

More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available from Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care at 888-789-2922 or www.mtnvalleyhospice.org.

Stories showing the many ways hospice makes more special moments possible can be found at www.momentsoflife.org.

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