Pictured above is a copy of the Hospice Support Fund letter local community members have received in Lexington and Rockbridge County. We want our neighbors to be aware that any mailing from Rockbridge Area Hospice will have our official Logo. Below is a letter that was published in this weeks New Gazette.
Recently, hospice organizations nationwide were cautioned to be aware of mailed solicitations asking for money to support hospice care locally. Rockbridge Area Hospice (RAH) would like to take this opportunity to once again caution community residents to be wary of solicitations for hospice care supported by the Hospice Support Fund.
According to the legal disclosure buried discreetly on the website, less than 6% of the contributions to the Hospice Support Fund are used on program services, and none of it to services in our community. RAH does not share its list of patients or donors with any entity, is not affiliated in any capacity nor receives any donations from the Hospice Support Fund. We would like to advise the community that if someone is solicited by phone or mail to help “the local hospice,” they should be cautious and not commit to funds for a group such as the Hospice Support Fund nor give any information about their bank account or credit card information.
Rockbridge Area Hospice is an independent, local nonprofit organization licensed by the State of Virginia and certified by Medicare. As RAH has entered its own 2017 annual campaign, a reminder to our donors: ALL communication to friends, donors and supporters of Rockbridge Area Hospice will appear on official letterhead and is delivered with the Rockbridge Area Hospice logo on the envelope.
Donations made to RAH go directly to helping us meet our mission of treating, comforting and providing supportive care for terminally ill patients and their families to enable them to live life fully, regardless of ability to pay. Proudly serving Buena Vista, Lexington, Rockbridge County and surrounding communities for over 33 years.
Public Relations and Development Director
Rockbridge Area Hospice
Hospice professionals across the country focus on a single purpose: to provide comfort and support at the end of life. That’s why Rockbridge Area Hospice is on a mission to learn how to serve veterans through the challenges they may be facing from illness, isolation or traumatic life experience. While our mission may be straightforward, fulfilling it is anything but simple, as each patient has a unique life story and a unique set of needs. And when it comes to the needs of America’s veterans, if we are unprepared, our mission can be challenged or even made impossible.By recognizing their unique needs, we can learn how to accompany and guide America’s veterans and their families through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending.
The We Honor Veterans program teaches respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgement and is equipping the Rockbridge Area Hospice clinical team to comfort hospice patients with a history of military service with possible physical or psychological trauma as they face end of life.
Currently there are over 4,500 hospice partners enrolled in the national We Honor Veterans program, only 809 are a "Level 4 partner". Rockbridge Area Hospice became the 89th hospice to achieve Level IV of the WHV program, the highest level in the program. In Virginia, there are 147 We Honor Veterans partners, only 25 are a level IV. Rockbridge Area Hospice achieved this status level in less than two years. To date, Rockbridge Area Hospice has served 246 local veterans through the We Honor Veterans program.