Friends of HGT

“As rural physicians, having a residential hospice will allow us to truly provide continuity of care to our palliative patients; for patients it offers them the option to die peacefully in the community where all of their supports are.” Alyssa Boyd, MD.

“As Physicians we are much better in dealing with end of life issues thanwe were 40 years ago. We have accepted and embraced palliative care in the home and in the hospital.  Control of pain and maintenanceof body hygiene and function are all being dealt with much better. But there is ever so muchmore to be done… the quality of life and surroundings and training of staff and volunteers in an appropriate palliative care unit offer so much more than mere pain control. In days gone by that could be provided by the extended family and the community, but the world has changed and most people do not have those supports around them.We have to change our approach, much like we have changed our approach to medicine and surgery. Hospice is a change in approach that we have to embrace and support.  As a physician in this community for over 40 years I know it is time for us to have a hospice in our community and I fully support it.” Peter Savage, MD

“Most Patients express a wish to die at home. There are times however, even when they are well supported, that this is not possible. Currently the only option for these individuals and their families is admission to our acute care hospital. A residential hospice would provide an opportunityfor these individuals to experience quality care that focuses on respecting the patient’s dignity and providing optimal symptom management
in a home like setting.”  Trish Rawn, RN Resource Nurse for Pain and Symptom Management