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Thirty Years Since Medicare Hospice Legislation Recognized Value of Hospice Volunteers
Date:4/16/2012

d J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. 

Hospice began in this country over 30 years ago as a largely, volunteer-driven community movement.

Notably, April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, a day of national outreach emphasizing the importance of advance care planning.  Hospice and palliative care providers frequently serve as resources to educate their communities about advance care planning with volunteers often playing a key role in these efforts.

"The synergy between National Healthcare Decisions Day and National Volunteer Week allows us to honor those volunteers who work diligently to emphasize the importance of advance care planning. To this day volunteers continue to be at the heart of hospice," added Schumacher.

To learn more about hospice, volunteering or to find a hospice in your community, visit NHPCO's Caring Connections at CaringInfo.org or contact the HelpLine at 1-800-658-8898.

Contact:
Jon Radulovic
NHPCO Vice President, Communications
Ph: 703-837-3139


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