PCHPCA issues community report

Thursday, March 10, 2022

The board of directors of the Putnam County Hospice and Palliative Care Association (PCHPCA) has announced its annual report to the community on the organization’s activities in 2021.

In spite of the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PCHPCA provides that it accomplished much in the past year.

The organization reports that a new three-year strategic plan for 2022-24 was completed. More activities were also conducted for National Healthcare Decisions Day, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day and National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

The Vital Medical Information File program was also initiated and new partnerships have been forged with first responders, law enforcement and the medical community. Materials for 750 Files were purchased and more than 500 have been distributed. The PCHPCA has applied for a grant through the American Rescue Plan Act to be able to have enough Vital Medical Information Files for all senior citizens and seriously ill persons in Putnam County and is anticipating its approval.

Social media engagement was also aggressively pursued and its effectiveness in advancing the PCHPCA’s mission continues to be evaluated. Meanwhile, remote meetings have continued to be productive for the organization.

“Our work is always challenged by the sadness and discomfort people experience when thinking about serious illness, death and dying,” PCHPCA President Tammy Hunter said. “An important part of our mission is normalizing conversations about serious illness, death and grieving. I love this quote by Haruki Murakami: ‘Death is not the opposite of life. It is part of it.’”

The Putnam County Hospice and Palliative Care Association seeks to enhance the quality of life for the terminally ill, their loved ones and caregivers by educating the community about the benefits of hospice, palliative care and advance care planning.

The PCHPCA is a nonprofit public charity that operates with the help of donations, financial support from the Putnam County Community Foundation and fiscal sponsorship by Putnam County Hospital.

For more information, contact Executive Director Elaine Peck at epeck@pchosp.org or visit www.pchpca.org.

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