January 25, 2012
Contact: Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR
619-997-2495 or Email Gayle
San Diego Hospice Launches “Veterans Matter” Program
Friday, January 27, 9:30 a.m.
San Diego Hospice Inpatient Care Center, 4311 Third Avenue, San Diego 92103
San Diego Hospice introduces its new “Veterans Matter” program, designed to serve the unique needs of patients who are current or former members of the military and honor their service to our country.
Kathleen Pacurar, President and CEO, San Diego Hospice
Captain Preston Gable, MD, United States Navy
Jim Evans, San Diego Hospice patient and Lieutenant 1st Class (Ret.), U.S. Army
The family of veteran Manuel J. Huerta (deceased, former Hospice patient)
California State Senator Christine Kehoe
Congressman Bob Filner
San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis
San Diego City Councilmembers Carl DeMaio and Todd Gloria
Representatives from additional San Diego County elected officials
U.S. Marine Corps color detail and color guard
San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine has always had the philosophy of respecting and honoring patients’ cultures, traditions and beliefs. The new “Veterans Matter” outreach program recognizes those who have served our country by providing service recognition to veterans who come into San Diego Hospice care.
The organization has enhanced the skills of its staff and volunteers through education and training in military culture, issues and benefits available through the Veterans Administration healthcare system. Volunteers are also needed for their “Vet-to-Vet” program, which pairs military veteran patient care volunteers with military veteran patients.
About San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine
San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine is one of the largest community-owned, not-for-profit hospices in the country. The organization brings compassionate, expert medical care to nearly 1,200 seriously ill adults and children each day throughout the county, as well as professional grief and loss support to more than 12,000 individuals each year. More information is available online at www.sdhospice.org or call toll-free: 1-866-688-1600. Join our online communities on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.