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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

Gilchrist Chaplain Dedera

Tending to the Spiritual Needs of Patients With Dementia

Friday, October 12, 2018

Dedera Baker writes about her experience with dementia patients as a Gilchrist chaplain in honor of Pastoral Care Week, which celebrates the practice of spiritual care through professional chaplaincy and pastoral counseling. What I have learned most about being a hospice chaplain is that, at the end of life, what divides us seems to disappear. … 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

Mary Tiso

Finding the Good Days: Pediatric Cancer

Friday, September 14, 2018

A diagnosis of pediatric cancer is a devastating blow to children and their families. Fortunately, pediatric cancer treatment has come a long way in the last 20 years, and many childhood cancers have treatments, cures and the likelihood of a long, healthy life after treatment. Sadly, though, there are certain cancers for which a cure … Read More

Gilchrist Child Life Specialist

Giving Children Control in Their Care Choices

Friday, August 17, 2018

Families facing a terminal prognosis for their child are faced with an impossible choice: to continue treatments—grasping at any hope for a cure even when those treatments cause their own pain and devastation, or give up hope for a cure and focus on comfort care and pain management. Nothing can take away the agony of … Read More

Gilchrist staff and family - Jewish Hospice

Daughters Grateful for Mom’s Jewish Hospice Care from Gilchrist

Friday, August 3, 2018

Leah Szmidt was a Holocaust survivor who lost an eye in the bombings at the end of World War II. She loved to cook, loved to sing and loved her family. When Leah became seriously ill, she and her family turned to Gilchrist’s Jewish Hospice program, where they received care from a team of health … Read More

Nurse Helpline

Did You Know that a Gilchrist Nurse is Available to Families 24/7?

Friday, July 27, 2018

Family members and patients can call Gilchrist’s Nurse Helpline any time, day or night, 365 days a year. A triage nurse is always available to answer the call and get them the help they need either over the phone or by getting in touch with their hospice team. During the day, the triage nurse can … Read More

Tracie Schwoyer-Morgan, Gilchrist Palliative Care Manager

Could Palliative Care Be Right for You?

Friday, July 20, 2018

What are your goals and priorities? Do you have fears or worries for the future? What is your understanding of where you are in your illness? What outcomes are unacceptable to you? What would a good day look like? What is worth fighting for? These are questions that you may be asked, should you engage … Read More

care navigators: connecting you to services

Care Navigators: Connecting You to Services

Friday, June 29, 2018

Through Gilchrist’s Care Counseling service, anyone in the community can reach a trained care navigator to receive support, guidance and help in understanding their options for care—either for themselves or a loved one with serious illness. Since its inception in October 2017, the care navigation center has received over 10,000 calls. For every caller, our … Read More


The importance of Gilchrist volunteers, and why we need them more than ever

Friday, May 25, 2018

Living with a serious illness can be an isolating experience. For some of the people we serve, their only regular visitors are their Gilchrist team. Every team member serves an important role, but the value of our volunteers cannot be overstated. Through companionship and social interaction, they help ease the loneliness that many of our … Read More