Hospice of North Central Oklahoma Recognized as a “We Honor Veterans” Partner
25 % of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, Inc. has become a national partner of “We Honor Veterans,” a pioneering campaign developed by the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs designed to prepare staff who serve veterans.
Hospice of North Central Oklahoma has met stringent requirements that will help improve the care their team of professionals and volunteers provide to the Veterans they proudly serve. The nation is seeing many of the Veterans who served in World War II and Korean pass away – and the number of deaths of Vietnam Veterans is beginning to rise.
The “We Honor Veterans” campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. “Partners” can assess their ability to serve Veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care to Veterans into their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Hospice of North Central Oklahoma is able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where they might be some specific needs related to the Veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, Hospice of North Central Oklahoma will find tools to help support those we are caring for,” states Wood.
The resources of “We Honor Veterans” focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgement, coupled with Veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for Veterans. “America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. Now it is time that we step up, acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with dignity they deserve,” states Don Schumacher, President & CEO of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.
One of the unique and special tributes offered to Veteran patients of Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, Inc. is the placement of the American Flag Throw Blanket upon the veteran’s body upon death. As the veteran leaves their home for the final time, the American Flag Throw Blanket drapes across the body of the veteran in front of family and friends. Then, when family gather at their local funeral home for arrangements, the funeral home presents the American Flag Throw Blanket back to the family as a gift and tribute from Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, Inc. 
For more information on services provided by Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, Inc. stop by 1904 N. Union, Suite 103 in Ponca City or call 580.762.9102 or 800.814.9102 or visit their web site at www.hospiceofnorthcentraloklahoma.com or email Marta Sullivan at msullivan@hospiceofnco.com