“In August of 2016, Family Hospice will celebrate its 25th year of operations. That in itself is an accomplishment, but to do that with the number of hospice programs that seem to be popping up all around southern Illinois is incredible.
In 1991, Diane Smith MSW, along with a lot of dedicated volunteers and staff, took Family Hospice under her wing and developed the program into the not for profit community based organization it is today. The goal then, as it is today, is to offer patients and families a choice in selecting a hospice provider. That spirit is still alive and thriving at Family Hospice.
I am proud of the work we do at Family Hospice. Our volunteer Board of Directors provides their time, talents and treasures to make sure that patients receive the care they need. Our employees and volunteers focus on our clients’ needs. Our Heartlinks Grief Center reaches out to those who are hurting even though they never used Family Hospice services, supporting, teaching and counseling children, teens and families through their losses. We quietly go about our work, making a difference to all of those we serve. We touch hundreds of lives every year and let “the Golden Rule” influence our decisions.”
Matt Brauss, RN, CHPN