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Honoring Compassionate Caregivers at Gilchrist

Friday, February 22, 2019

Gilchrist is well known for compassionate caregivers. Each year, exceptional Gilchrist and GBMC staff and volunteers are honored with the Nancy J. Petrarca Compassionate Caregiver Award. This year, 31 Gilchrist staff and volunteers were nominated for the award, and Gilchrist Kids volunteer Tara Archer was named a top five finalist out of a pool of … Read More

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Gilchrist Ambassadors: Educating the Community About End-of-Life Issues

Friday, February 15, 2019

Gilchrist Ambassadors are able to speak about end-of-life, elder care and other issues that are important to people with serious illness. The U.S. medical system is designed to prolong life. But for many people, quality of life matters more than longevity. Research tells us that most people with serious illness want: Easily understood information to … Read More

Erin Bull - Gilchrist Kids: Age is Just a Number blog

Gilchrist Kids: Age is Just a Number

Friday, February 8, 2019

“So, you must LOVE kids, right?” This is a common question I hear when describing my work as a Gilchrist Kids pediatric and perinatal hospice professional. But often, our work is done with families. Not much different than the work of our adult Gilchrist hospice counterparts. Yes, there are aspects of care that are specific … Read More

Navigating Grief During Winter

Navigating Grief During Winter

Thursday, February 7, 2019

The winter season often brings snow, warm cups of tea and fires in the fireplace. For those who are grieving, however, winter can also be a challenging time. The shorter days, grey skies and cold weather can reflect our feelings of grief. The holidays coming and going, the stillness of winter and more time spent … Read More

Delia Chiaramonte, MD, Gilchrist Integrative Medicine Program Manager

Integrative Medicine: Helping Cancer Patients Cope

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

What is Integrative Medicine? Integrative Medicine is a specialty that focuses on the care of the whole person, not just the disease. It uses a wide variety of treatments, including medication, dietary supplements, acupuncture, massage, relaxation exercises and more. Integrative practitioners make use of the connection between the mind and the body, and they can … Read More

Gilchrist Staff and Family of Pediatric Hospice Patient

Pediatric Hospice: The Unknown Road Ahead

Friday, January 11, 2019

The first time Joan Garlow walked through the doors of Gilchrist Center in search of information on pediatric hospice care, she broke into sobs and had to run back outside. She knew she needed help, both for her daughter, Lilley, whose health was progressively declining from a degenerative brain disorder, and for her and her … Read More

Cathy Hamel, Gilchrist President

Happy New Year from Gilchrist!

Friday, January 4, 2019

I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start. For many of us, January is a time to reflect on the previous year and make resolutions for the coming one. Gilchrist is no different. Here are just a few highlights of how Gilchrist has changed over the past year to more fully meet … Read More

7 Things I Never Knew About Hospice

7 Things I Never Knew About Hospice

Friday, December 28, 2018

A firsthand account from a family caregiver My 91-year-old mother, Evelyn, moved in with my husband and me after Dad died in 2010. Five years ago, she was diagnosed with dementia. After a recent fall that resulted in a broken leg, her health further declined and the doctor suggested hospice. I can honestly say that … Read More

Nurse and Patient

Thanks to you

Friday, November 23, 2018

Thanks to you, each day, more than 900 adults and children in our community receive compassionate hospice care and support from Gilchrist. As a hospice nurse, I see patients and families at their most vulnerable. I recently cared for Mark, a 67-year-old carpenter and grandfather of 7. Mark was healthy, energetic and full of life … Read More

Thank You Veterans

Honoring Veterans Living in Residential Care Communities

Friday, November 16, 2018

One hundred years ago, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I ended with the establishment of the Armistice Agreement. November 11 became a day dedicated to the cause of world peace, and reflection on the lives lost during the Great War. Over the years, Armistice Day evolved … Read More