Recognizing the important work that hospice and palliative care professionals do every year for more than 1.65 million Americans living with life-limiting illness and their families, the City of Marysville has proclaimed November 2017 as National Hospice Palliative Care Month in Marysville.
In making the proclamation at the City Council meeting Oct. 23, Mayor Jon Nehring noted, “With baby boomers coming into their retirement years, this line of work is more valuable than ever. The volunteer hours are staggering.”
More than 430,000 trained volunteers contribute 19 million hours of service to hospice programs annually in this country, saving Medicare more than $2 billion by providing solutions for doctors, patients and their families.
On hand for the Marysville presentation were Hospice of the Northwest representatives Dana Brothers, outreach and communications program manager, and Kaaren Flint, community outreach and education specialist. Hospice of the Northwest provided no-cost services and resources to 89 Snohomish County patients last year.
“Thank you for this important work in our community,” Mayor Nehring said.
Hospice of the Northwest also operates in Skagit, Island and San Juan counties.