We have all heard the saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” which is often attributed to Confucius (although modern-day usage can be tracked back to the early 1920s). So if a picture can tell a story quickly, imagine the possibilities of watching a video? We realize the potential of telling stories in this manner so we’d like to welcome you to Chapters Health System Videos.
One More Dance
In 2014, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization featured one of our Good Shepherd Hospice patients as a Moment of Life story. “One More Dance” tells the inspirational tale of hospice patient Dennis Heston’s last wish, which was to experience the father-daughter dance. It was for a wedding he wouldn’t be able to attend. With the help of Good Shepherd Hospice, this video was played during the daughter’s wedding after Dennis had passed.
Below learn how our annual camps—Good Shepherd Hospice, HPH Hospice and LifePath Hospice—impact those children who need to be around others who have also lost someone close to them—discovering they are not alone in their grief. Or take a tour of one of our hospice houses and find out how patients have an option to get their pain and symptoms under control without a hospitalization. Or virtually attend a Spring Soirée featuring a panel of local community members sharing stories, insight and laughter. And much, much more.
Hospice Women of Philanthropy
The Hospice Women of Philanthropy is a group of local women who participate in building and strengthening hospice-related programs through joint contributions. The group also provides women with opportunities for education in an effort to foster and develop women’s capacities for philanthropic leadership.
Blanket Warmer for LifePath Hospice Inpatient Unit at TGH
The annual contributions from all Hospice Women of Philanthropy members are pooled together and used to support programs and services of LifePath Hospice that otherwise would not be possible. After reviewing proposals, members vote on programs or projects to be funded. At the 2019 meeting, blanket warmers for the LifePath Hospice Inpatient Hospice Unit at Tampa General Hospital was the first proposal to be presented. An investment of $3,200 will provide an industrial blanket warmer for the comfort of patients and their families.
At LifePath Hospice, every day is an opportunity to make memorable moments: to laugh, hold the hand of someone you love, or fulfill a final wish. The second annual “Home Runs for Hospice” fundraising breakfast helped support patients and families in need of compassion, and grieving hearts in need of healing.
As the first speaker at Home Runs for Hospice, Andrew Molosky, president and chief executive officer for Chapters Health System shared, “Championing events like Home Runs for Hospice and making donations throughout the year help support the minds, bodies and spirits of our patients and their families — especially in the form of grief counseling, which is considered an otherwise unfunded program.”
Dr. John Dormois Testimonial
Hospice physician John C. Dormois, MD explains how hospice can make the transition from life to death as smooth as possible for patients and families. Additionally, hospice is a system of care that addresses physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs. Find out what is rewarding about hospice from a physician’s perspective.
Linda W. Testimonial
Linda W. lost her 29-year-old son after he was involved in a hit-and-run car crash whereby he never regained consciousness from his brain injury. After the realization he was not going to recover, Linda’s son was transferred to Melech Hospice House.
Watch how LifePath Hospice gave Linda the support she needed so she could focus on the time she had left with her son.
Good Shepherd Hospice House in Lakeland
When patients need more help managing their symptoms, including their pain, they may benefit from a stay at a Good Shepherd Hospice House Watch to learn more about the comfort and quality care our hospice houses provide to residents of Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties.
Camp Brave Heart
Camp Brave Heart is an annual bereavement camp for children ages 6 to 17 who have lost a loved one that Good Shepherd Hospice hosts. Children come to camp for one weekend to share their feelings of loss with others. Combining healing with fun, the experience lets children know that life still has a lot to offer.
Camp Circle of Love
Camp Circle of Love is an annual bereavement camp for children ages 6 to 17 who have lost a loved one that LifePath Hospice hosts. Children come to camp for one weekend and participate in many healing activities and learn to cope in a way they will utilize as they grow into young adults.
Camp Reach Out
For more than 20 years, campers have attended HPH Hospice’s weekend bereavement camp (renamed in 2017 Camp Reach Out) where for close to 48 hours they were able to reconnect and enjoy life again. Any child can attend the camp, even if the loved one was not a patient under HPH Hospice care.
Chapters Health Employee Campaign
Hospice employees are everyday superheroes. They go above and beyond to bring exceptional care and compassion to patients and their families at a time when they are needed most. Employees give to the hospices of Chapters Health because they know every dollar matters, and they want to help support the hospice mission. We thank your for the wonderful care you provide and for giving on so many levels!