Snowline Hospice and Marshall Medical joint venture focus is on quality of life

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

Snowline Hospice and Marshall Medical Center have come together to provide a comprehensive palliative care program for inpatients at Marshall Hospital. The program offers to patients and their families, relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of their illness.

The Snowline Hospice and Marshall Medical joint venture came about because Marshall needed a comprehensive program. Snowline was able to help facilitate the fulfillment of that need, said Dr. Jeanine Ellinwood, the medical director of Snowline. Ellinwood is dually board certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative care.

“Every year, more than 1.5 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 and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals don’t only provide quality medical care. They work to make sure patients and families find dignity, respect and love during life’s most difficult journey.”

Hospice is more than traditional healthcare. 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 according hospice providers.

As a hospice volunteer at Snowline Hospice noted, “Someone asked why I spend time volunteering for hospice. Because hospice was there for my family at a difficult time in our lives and because hospice professionals provide the highest quality of medical care when people need it most. I couldn’t have done it without Snowline’s compassion and experience.”

More information about hospice, palliative care and advance care planning is available Snowline Hospice at 530-621–7820.

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