Honoring America's Veterans and Meeting Their Needs

November 4, 2014

Veterans Day: Honoring America’s Veterans Includes Meeting their Unique Needs

Wythe County Community Hospital and Hospice of Southwest Virginia delivering Veteran-centric care to those who served our country

Wytheville, VA (Friday, November 7, 2014) – Many Americans do not realize that 1 in 4 of all deaths in the U.S. are Veterans.  As the nation honors these American heroes for their military service on Veterans Day, November 11, it’s important to remember that they also deserve recognition and compassionate care when dealing with a serious illness.

As a We Honor Veterans , Hospice of Southwest Virginia, a service of Wythe County Community Hospital, is providing specialized care to Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness.   The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs created We Honor Veterans to empower hospice and other healthcare providers across America to meet the unique needs of seriously ill Veterans and their families.  

“Through We Honor Veterans our staff of nurses, volunteers and physicians understand and serve Veterans at the end of life,” said John Turski, Medical Director of Hospice of SWVA. “It is our hope that we continue to acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve. 

Within the WHV program, there are four levels of distinction that Hospice of SWVA can earn based on its involvement with Veteran education and its interaction with the Veterans and their family members that they are caring for. The goal of these levels is to ensure the very best care is being provided to those who have served our country.  

About Wythe County Community Hospital

Wythe County Community Hospital is a 100 - bed acute care hospital that serves the residents of Wythe and Bland counties, and is fully accredited by JCAHO, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The hospital offers 24-hour Emergency Care, Surgical Services, Extended Care Services, Intensive Care, Women's Services, Radiology Services, Rehabilitation Services, Hospice, Home Health, Cardiology, Respiratory, Cancer Services, Pastoral Care and Community/Occupational Education. For more information on Wythe County Community Hospital, visit www.wcchcares.com.