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HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE OF WESTERN COLORADO

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3090 North 12th Street Grand Junction 970.241.2212

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ospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado is dedicated to profoundly changing the way our community experiences serious illness and grief—one family at a time. Founded in 1993, Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado was created through a community vision – one that recognized the need for quality, compassionate end-of-life care for people with serious illness. With only six employees, Hospice cared for 81 patients and their families during its first year. Today, Hospice operates four offices and serves more than 7,000 square miles. With a staff of nearly 300 and 1,200 volunteers, Hospice provides care to 1,600 patients annually in Mesa, Delta, Montrose, and Ouray counties. Hospice care treats the person as well as the illness and involves the patient

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and family in making decisions. Care is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the patient’s home, a hospital, nursing home, assisted living residences and the Hospice Care Center. A team including a physician, nurse, nursing assistant, social worker, chaplain, and volunteer provide care to the patient and are available for the entire family. We are a community-based organization, governed by a Board of Directors and founding President/ CEO, Christy Whitney, RN, MS. Our services are based upon a philosophy of compassion, comfort and personal choice. Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado offers many programs and services to help patients, families, and the communities we serve understand and cope with the multiple issues that arise when facing advancing illness and grief. In addition to our hospice and

palliative care services, we provide extensive bereavement to anyone in our community grieving the death of a loved one. Community members can receive support though grief education groups or individual and family counseling. We also offer a weekly grief support group, which is open to the community and is free of charge. Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado serves children and teens in our communities through the Child & Teen Program. The program is the only one if its kind in Western Colorado that provides grief and bereavement services to children, teens and their families who are coping with the serious illness or death of a loved one. The counselors are specifically trained to help children and teens learn to express their emotions and cope with their grief. The program is designed to serve children of all ages. Through individual counseling, grief groups in local schools, family centered counseling, several age specific camps and even an equine program where bereaved children work with horses to learn to understand the feeling

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surround their grief. Hospice also operates Heirlooms for Hospice, upscale resale shops, in Grand Junction and Montrose. Heirlooms features gently worn clothing, antiques, home furnishings, fashion accessories, books and other treasures donated by the communities we serve. Spoons bistro and bakery is the first of its kind in the Grand Valley. Spoons features unique recipes, created with the freshest ingredients, making the meals some of the healthiest around. Cups Coffee House and Gift Shoppe brings the essence of the 1890’s to each cup of coffee and tea. Housed in the Miller Homestead, Cups features delicious espresso drinks, teas, pastries and unique merchandise and gift ideas. Proceeds from each of these entities support the mission of Hospice and help make our mission possible. Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado is dedicated to supporting and caring for those with serious illness and their families. We offer our services to any person regardless of age, type of disease, or the ability to pay.

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