For the past 19 years, I have devoted my professional career to enhance, evolve, advocate, and most importantly provide exceptional care for those who suffer from life-limiting illnesses. As a nurse and executive director, I understand the healthcare world is an ever changing landscape and successful organizations must adapt their methods of delivery and access to ensure that they are meeting the diverse needs of their communities.
As a country, our population demographics are shifting, and we are growing older. Statistically, Baby Boomers are the largest generation in American history, accounting for about 77.6 million Americans. As this generation enters retirement, we recognize our need to improve access and offered services to better accommodate the changing needs.
In 2013, Hospice of Hope will celebrate a quarter century of providing high quality Hospice services to more than 10,000 patients in our 12-county service area.
As the director of this vital community service, I realize our work and challenges are just beginning. Over the next decade, the healthcare environment faces stiff regulatory changes, a growing senior population, and financially strapped entitlement programs that will affect the way we (Hospice industry) do business.
Over the past few years, Hospice of Hope has been preparing for these challenges with the addition of more efficient and costs saving technology resources, elevated training and selection criteria for our staff, and the continuous evolution of our quality services such as our continuous care team, our veterans intensive initiatives and our private duty service - Hope HomeCare.
Later this year, we will open two new facilities that better align our organization for this changing environment. The first will be an 8-bed Hospice Care Center that will be designed to offer a premier level of Hospice services in a home like atmosphere. The second new facility will be a 32-apartment, assisted living community that will offer a new and diverse senior living option for our seniors.
We are committed to the philosophy of “aging in place” and will continue to enhance our services in order to bring the best possible care to those who live in our service area. We hope that we can count on your support to help bring the “Future of Senior Living” to our community.