CEO Jeff Lingerfelt and Hospice Administrator Cindy Smith receive a $25,000 check for the hospice program from Board Member Joanie Bruggeman and Director Paul Schaan, representing the Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation (left to right).
The Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation recently donated $25,000 to the hospice program at Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby. The money will be used to help offset the significant annual losses the program has experienced, losing money every year in existence going back to the 1990s.
"It's difficult to imagine not being able to assist the many families that have been helped by hospice," says Paul Schaan, Foundation Director. The hospice endowment was started in 1991when financial performance indicated the program may face closure. Since that time the fund has been built through major donors, pledge drives, memorial donations and the annual Creations Auction. "It's very gratifying to see the endowment reach this level. Our hope is that everyone who wants this service has it available when the need arises," says Schaan.
The hospice program exists to enhance the quality of life for patients with a limited life expectancy. When surgery, chemo or radiation therapy, or other curative measures are no longer providing significant health benefits, hospice is an alternative to give comfort and dignity to the patient. The hospice team enhances the care by assisting the patient and family with psychosocial and spiritual needs.
"Although fewer patients and families are choosing hospice care when facing terminal illness, it is still critical to have hospice as an option for those patients and families who choose it. Our hospice program is dependent on the commitment of the hospital board and leadership, and the past and future generosity of the community that continues to support the hospice endowment fund," says Dr. Brian Selland.
Currently, the HAMC hospice program is available for anyone in the Rugby area. It is led by a hospice team made up of Medical Director Dr. Brian Selland, Administrator Cindy Smith, Social Worker Gloria Odden, Pastor Brenda Burns, Volunteer Coordinator Linda Kay Duchscher and Pharmacist Erik Christenson.
If you would like to donate to the hospice program at HAMC, please send your donation to the GSHS Foundation, 800 South Main Avenue, Rugby, ND. You can also make a donation online at www.hamc.com.
Heart of America Medical Center 800 South Main Avenue Rugby, ND 58368 Tel: 701.776.5261 Fax: 701.776.5448 TDD: 701.776.5043