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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

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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

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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

Hospice Care

Choosing how you want to live…and die

Monday, November 5, 2018

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and we at Gilchrist—along with hospice and palliative care programs across the country—want to help people understand all that hospice and palliative care offer. When a cure is no longer possible, hospice provides medical care and emotional, social and spiritual support to help people live life to … Read More

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People Choose Gilchrist for the Range of Services

Friday, October 26, 2018

Gilchrist is a nationally recognized, nonprofit leader in serious illness and end-of-life care. We provide counseling, support and care to people at every stage of serious illness, so they may live life to the fullest. Furthermore, we are deeply committed to giving people the clear information and loving support they need to make informed choices … Read More

Healthcare Quality

What Hospice Quality Means at Gilchrist

Friday, October 19, 2018

Healthcare quality professionals at Gilchrist proudly join the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) and those around the country in celebrating Healthcare Quality Week, October 21-27. At Gilchrist, we don’t just focus on quality one week a year—we take steps all year long to improve quality. Quality at Gilchrist means that each person and family … Read More

Lacy Kidwell

She Sings to People to Make Them Feel Better

Friday, September 28, 2018

The last time I blogged about music therapy was shortly after the program at Gilchrist began in the fall of 2012. Rereading that reflection has inspired me to share some thoughts since starting the music therapy program six years ago. When I first arrived at Gilchrist, my practice was met with an array of reactions, … Read More