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Special “Hearts for Hospice” Event to Appreciate HCM Hospice Donors
Thursday, January 31, 2013 • Posted February 1, 2013

Fredericksburg, Texas – When a loved one is facing a life-limiting illness, Hill Country Memorial (HCM) Hospice provides expert care and support when it is needed most. While families rely on its services during challenging times, HCM Hospice relies on strong support from the community to serve its patients through donations of both time and monetary contributions. These gifts help HCM Hospice provide everything from equipment to fully-trained staff to serve patients during their time of need. Recently, those who give to make HCM Hospice care possible were celebrated during a special HCM Hospice donor event.

The Hearts for Hospice donor recognition event was held at the Brune Professional Building in Fredericksburg on January 24. Guests enjoyed “steaming soup, hot chocolate and warm cookies” with HCM Hospice and HCMH Foundation staff. Attendees also received a book of pictures and stories from HCM Hospice patients and a plantable heart-shaped paper filled with forget-me-nots.

“One of the blessings of working for this hospice is our ability to take any patient because of the generous donors that we have,” HCM Hospice Director Susan Mayo notes. HCM’s Hospice is unique as it assists a broader range of patients and families. It doesn’t screen patients to determine if they have funding from insurance or government programs.

“Our focus is on having people live as fully as they can for the remainder of their lives,” continued Mayo. HCM Hospice provides care for people who have life-limiting diagnoses by providing nurses, chaplains, social workers and volunteers to care for patients. Additionally, HCM Hospice also purchases medication and supply equipment as needed.

Fittingly, even HCM Hospice’s physical presence and location for the Hearts for Hospice event is a reminder of community support. After her experience as a Hospice volunteer, Trudy Brune approached her husband Ed and they decided to donate to Hill Country Memorial Hospice in a significant way. The Brunes funded construction of the building that now houses Hill Country Memorial’s Hospice, Home Care, Cancer Resource Center, Breast Center and the HCMH Foundation. On January 24, the Brune Professional Building welcomed other donors who have enabled HCM Hospice to provide comfort to those who are suffering, calm to those who are overwhelmed and care along the way.

In February the HCMH Foundation will be sending out its Hearts for Hospice appeal to members of the community, with donations going directly toward HCM Hospice and its ongoing efforts. Those interested in learning more about giving back to Hill Country Memorial Hospice by volunteering can do so by calling (830) 997-1335 or visiting the volunteer page at www.hillcountrymemorial.org. Those who wish to donate can call (830) 997-1297 or visit the HCMH Foundation page on the hospital website and click on the “Donate Now” button.

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