The answer to the question from Friday’s Washington Post headline—“Is that hospice safe?”—is “yes” for many hospices. Montgomery Hospice voluntarily participates in the rigorous Joint Commission accreditation program. The Joint Commission inspects Montgomery Hospice for compliance with Medicare regulations, as well as their own rigorous standards, at least every three years. Asking about a hospice’s participation in an accreditation program is one of the ways families can determine the quality of a hospice provider. Instead of providing education, The Post chose to tell individual horror stories that will frighten vulnerable people into not taking advantage of the benefits of hospice care. 

Ann Mitchell MPH 
President & CEO 
Montgomery Hospice

 

The Eugene B. Casey Foundation demonstrated its ongoing commitment to dying Montgomery County residents who are cared for at Casey House with a one-million-dollar donation to the Endowment for Nurses and Nursing Aides.

Montgomery Hospice’s Casey House, the only inpatient hospice facility in Montgomery County, provides comprehensive, specialized end-of-life care to patients with acute medical needs. Casey House was named in honor of Mr. Eugene B. Casey and was built with funds and land donated by the Foundation. This recent gift acknowledges the “families that have been helped by the loving and tender care provided at Casey House.”

The gift was made “to honor the work of Dr. John Saia on behalf of the Casey House.”  

Read the press release

Carol Whitney, a Montgomery Hospice on-call night nurse, was chosen by Washingtonian for an Excellence in Nursing Award. She is one of "ten extraordinary individuals to be honored for their contributions in the field of nursing." Carol provides a sense of control to scared families in the middle of the night.

Photograph by Jeff Elkins: Mary Yarrison from Washingtonian, honoree Carol Whitney of Montgomery Hospice, and Cathy Merrill Williams, President and Publisher of Washingtonian Media. 


Dr. Thomas Smith, Director of Palliative Medicine and Professor of Oncology at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, speaking about MH on Kojo Nnamdi show:

"First off, hats off to Montgomery Hospice which is one of the wonderful providers here in the area. They do a great job taking care of my patients. 

And they offer services that can be really helpful to patients, and they are one of the hospices that will go out and see somebody when they’re diagnosed. So they are not rushing in when the person has three days left to live to try to set up hospice services."

 

Montgomery Hospice honored Catherine S. Leggett with the title of “Life Director” in acknowledgement of her years of service to Montgomery Hospice and to the people in Montgomery County who are facing life-limiting illness or who are grieving a loss. Read the Press Release

In May, Montgomery Hospice sponsored a dinner at the Chinese Culture and Community Services Center; Asian Americans in the county were invited to learn more about end-of-life care. Close to 150 people from throughout the county attended. Isabel Tom, Montgomery Hospice’s Community Education Manager, and Dr. Jennifer Cheng, Palliative Care Fellow from Johns Hopkins, educated the group about hospice care and advance directives. 

Bereavement counselor Maude Harrison-Hudson shared her expertise on caregiving and caregivers on WAMU's Metro Connection. Listen to the show and read the transcript
 

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