To the Editor,

When we think of health care break throughs, we usually think of new surgical procedures or miracle drugs, not hospice care. Hospice’s story, however, is unique and remarkable.

In just over three decades, hospice has quietly revolutionized the way people die in America by honoring wishes and bringing peace, dignity and comfort to millions of patients and families.

November was National Hospice Month — a time when we at Odyssey Hospice honor our patients and families, and recognize the contributions of professionals and volunteers who provide hospice care.

Odyssey Hospice provides direct care, support and education to the residents in our community to ensure comfort, dignity and choice during life-threatening illness or the transition of dying. When patients and families choose hospice, they receive care unlike any other. The hospice team treats pain and symptoms and eases the enotional and spiritual suffering of patients, families and loved ones.

Please remember the hospice professionals and volunteers who are making a difference every day in the lives of our community’s terminally ill and their families. They truly are the heart and soul of hospice.

Glenda Delacerda, MSN RN

Executive Director

Odyssey Hospice