Red, White & Blue Peace Bridge to Honor our Veterans

(Cheektowaga, New York) – Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, Hospice Buffalo will light the Peace Bridge Red White and Blue to signify their Hospice-Veteran Partnership (HVP).  At noon, Hospice Buffalo will hold a Color Guard Flag-Raising Ceremony at their Mitchell Campus, 225 Como Park Blvd., featuring Commander Tony Deaville with ROTC Cadets from WNY Maritime Charter School.

Hospice Buffalo is part of the We Honor Veterans coalition ­-- a national campaign conducted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, working together to ensure that excellent care at the end of life is available for our nation’s Veterans and their families. A key component of the campaign is to promote, encourage and support successful and sustainable VA‐hospice relationships through the development of Hospice‐Veteran Partnerships. Ultimately, the goal is to honor Veterans’ preferences at the end of life, which can best be accomplished by working together. Most Veterans are not enrolled in the VA healthcare system and many may not be aware of their VA hospice benefits. Hospice is a covered benefit for all enrolled veterans. More information about We Honor Veterans, partners and Veteran‐centric education and activities can be found at WeHonorVeterans.org.

Hospice Buffalo’s Outreach and Education Teams are available to speak to your Veteran Group about Advance Care Planning, Hospice resources, and care options: contact Clarice Otminski at (716) 989-2072 or email cotminski@palliativecare.org.  More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning for veterans is available at HospiceBuffalo.com. Call (716) 686-8000 for a no-cost, confidential, in-home consultation.

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Hospice Buffalo is one of the nation’s largest hospice and palliative (comfort) care programs, and serves more than 500 patients a day in homes, hospitals, nursing homes, and the Mary & Ralph Wilson, Jr. Hospice Inpatient Unit in Cheektowaga. Hospice Buffalo serves individuals with serious illness and their families and caregivers through a continuum of care spanning the course of illness and bereavement. Hospice Buffalo helps patients make choices about their care, supports those who are grieving, and educates the professional and lay communities on end-of-life issues.

The mission of HVP is to establish an enduring network of hospice and VA professionals, Veterans, volunteers, and other interested organizations working together to provide quality services through the end of life for Veterans. The purpose of HVP is to provide leadership, technical assistance, and program development recommendations aimed at:

  • Improving Veterans’ access to hospice and palliative care across all sites and levels of care to assure that every Veteran is able to receive hospice care at the time and place of need
  • Strengthening the relationships between community hospice and VA facilities
  • Initiating comprehensive end-of-life community engagement plans designed to reach Veterans