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Grief Support During the Holiday Season
Posted on 10.01.13 in Events, News

(Marquette, MI) – Lake Superior Hospice is currently hosting free of charge opportunities for those who are in need of grief support. There will be a “Managing Grief During the Holidays” session(s) starting in October and going through December. Sessions are being held at the following locations in the community and are open to the public.

Tuesday, October 1 – 2:00pm at the Peter White Public Library: Shiras Room
Thursday, October 10 – 12:00pm at Lake Superior Hospice
Saturday, October 12 – 10:30am at the Light House Book Store

Lake Superior Hospice also hosts an on-going grief support groups on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at the Lake Superior Hospice office, 914 W. Baraga Ave Marquette, MI. Lake Superior Hospice is experienced with assisting people with their feelings of loss and grief. Resources, community programs and support groups may be some of the many ways that hospice bereavement professionals can help people cope and heal. For more information on opportunities for grief support contact Lake Superior Hospice at 906.225.7760 or visit www.lakesuperiorhospice.org.

 

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Inaugural Upper Great Lakes Palliative Care and Hospice Conference Set for October
Posted on 09.06.13 in News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
9/3/2013

Marquette, MI – Lake Superior Hospice in collaboration with Lake Superior Palliative Medicine is hosting Lost in Translation… Caring Conversations and Interpretations” an Upper Great Lakes Region Palliative Care and Hospice Conference on October 23 & 24 at Northern Michigan University.  Registration is now open for those seeking to deepen their knowledge and practice in hospice and palliative care. Registration is available at the rate of $150 for those who register before October 11th.

The focus of the conference includes cultural humility, truly caring for others and working outside traditional models of care, and ethical concerns surrounding treatment decisions with the need for advance care planning.  This conference will offer more than 20 distinguished speakers. Keynote speakers include Kay Branch, Elder Health Program Coordinator with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Pat Miles, Wraparound consultant and Gary Weglarz, specialist of hospice and palliative care. Key note speakers will be working collaboratively with local and regional professionals, such as, Jane Dinnen, National Faculty for Respecting Choices and Munson Healthcare System, Ruth Almen Regional Director of the Upper Great Lakes Alzheimer’s Association, and Dr. Larry Skendzel, Board Certified in Palliative Medicine and Hospice.

“We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm we have received from speakers, sponsors and attendees for this conference,” said Carol Carr, CEO of Lake Superior Hospice. “We look forward to bringing together leaders in hospice and palliative care, to network and discover practices for life-long learning. In the end, this will not only better serve our patients, but the communities we live in.  We feel that a conference such as this is important as we work toward our common goal of improving overall patient care.”

Sponsors for the event include Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group, Bell Hospital, Aspirus Keweenaw Home Health and Hospice, Bishop Noa Home, RTI Surgical, YMCA of Marquette County, Range Call Center, Mill Creek Assisted Living, McKesson Medical-Surgical, Marquette Food Co-op, Closner Construction, Canale Tonella Funeral Home, IHS Building Company, Superior Health Foundation, Makela, Toutant, Hill & Nardi, Downtown Eye Care, Cliffs Natural Resources and VAST.

For more information on registering, sponsoring or having a vendor booth at the conference please contact Lake Superior Hospice at 906.225.7760 or visit their website at www.lakesuperiorhospice.org.

 

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World War II Veteran Receives Honorary Diploma After 72 Years
Posted on 09.04.13 in News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9/3/2013

 

Like so many of our WWII veterans, Palmer Roblin left high school, his family and all that he knew in 1941, at the young age of 17 to enlist in the United States Army and serve in the Pacific as an army personnel carrier. In 1943, while serving along the coast of Panama, Central America, Palmer caught malaria fever and was transported back to Detroit, MI where he received care at a local Marine hospital.

After his service, Palmer worked as a deputy sheriff, building inspector and in the Detroit automobile plants.

Palmer met his wife Linnea at an aircraft plant where they produced wings for the Helldiver Navy Bomber, Linnea was what history likes to call a “Rosie the Riveter”.

“I remember walking in to where I was going to be working and lo and behold, there up on the platform was this little doll, pounding away, riveting wings. I looked over at one of my buddies and said, that’s-a-gonna-be-my-girl,” Palmer recalls. “Detroit was the greatest city in the world back in those days. Linnea and I would walk to work and then take a street car to grab ice cream downtown or a movie afterwards.”

Lake Superior Hospice (LSH) professionals provide comfort and support at end of life. LSH has a mission to serve Veterans through the challenges they may be facing from illness, isolation or traumatic life experience. While this mission may be straightforward and fulfilling, it is anything but simple, as each patient has a unique life story and a unique set of needs.

One of Palmer’s regrets was that leaving to serve his country cost him the opportunity to finish high school and receive his diploma.

“I didn’t finish high school. I am ashamed of myself for that,” explains Palmer.

LSH realized this void in Palmer’s life and quickly started mapping out a plan to fulfill his wish.

“We contacted Marquette Area Public Schools, who were an amazing help in moving things along quickly and efficiently. They directed us to the required paper work, which was required by the State of Michigan and Department of Veteran Affairs and once we faxed it to the school they got us the diploma on the same day.  They saw the importance of this as much as we did. We can’t thank them enough,” explains Carol Carr, CEO at Lake Superior Hospice.

 

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On August 29, 2013, Lake Superior Hospice staff, volunteers, Palmer and his family gathered inside his room at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans to watch him receive an honorary Marquette Senior High School diploma.

“He is seeing something come true that he has dreamt about and has wanted for so many years, he is 89 years old, and I have heard a lot of regret in those years,  he is finally has accomplished the one thing that was missing in his life…that diploma,” says Palmer’s daughter.
“This was one of the happiest moments of my life!” Palmer exclaimed holding the diploma to his heart. “I’m never letting go.”

By recognizing our Veteran’s unique needs, we can learn how to accompany and guide them and their families through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending. America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home.

 



Inaugural Upper Great Lakes Palliative Care and Hospice Conference Set for October
Posted on 08.26.13 in Events, News

 

Marquette, MI – Lake Superior Hospice and Lake Superior Palliative Medicine are pleased to host Lost in Translation… caring conversations and interpretations” an Upper Great Lakes Region Palliative Care and Hospice Conference on October 23 & 24 at Northern Michigan University.  Registration is now open for those seeking to deepen their knowledge and practice in hospice and palliative care. Registration is available at the rate of $150 for those who register before October 11th.

The focus of the conference includes cultural humility, truly caring for others and working outside traditional models of care, and ethical concerns surrounding treatment decisions with the need for advance care planning.  This conference will bring together more than 20 distinguished speakers. Keynote speakers include Kay Branch, Elder Health Program Coordinator with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Pat Miles, Wrap around consultant and Gary Weglarz, specialist of hospice and palliative care. Key note speakers will also be working collaboratively with local and regional professionals, such as, Jane Dinnen, National Faculty for Respecting Choices and Munson Healthcare System, Ruth Almen Regional Director of the UP Region – Alzheimer’s Association, and Dr. Larry Skendzel, Board Certified in Palliative Medicine and Hospice to offer additional educational sessions.

“We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm we have received from speakers, sponsors and attendees for this conference,” said Carol Carr, CEO of Lake Superior Hospice. “We look forward to bringing together leaders in hospice and palliative care, to network and discover practices for life-long learning. In the end, this will not only better serve our patients, but the communities we live in.  We feel that a conference such as this is important as we work toward our common goal of improving overall patient care.”

Sponsors for the event include Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group, Bell Hospital, Aspirus Keweenaw Home Health and Hospice, Bishop Noa Home, RTI Surgical, YMCA of Marquette County, Range Call Center, Mill Creek Assisted Living, McKesson Medical-Surgical, Marquette Food Co-op, Closner Construction, Canale Tonella Funeral Home, IHS Building Company, Superior Health Foundation, Makela, Toutant, Hill & Nardi, Downtown Eye Care, Cliffs Natural Resources and VAST.

For more information on registering, sponsoring or having a vendor booth at the conference please contact Lake Superior Hospice at 906.225.7760 or visit their website at www.lakesuperiorhospice.org.

 

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LSH Volunteer Program, Finalist for 2013 Governor’s Service Award
Posted on 06.25.13 in News

Release: 
Tues, June 25, 2013

 

Lake Superior Hospice, Michigan’s oldest and Marquette County’s only non-profit hospice has been chosen as one of five finalists in the running to be awarded the 2013 Governor’s Service Award in the Outstanding Volunteer Program category. These awards acknowledge and honor the outstanding efforts of Michigan’s volunteers.

This year, the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) received more than 140 nominations and five finalists were selected from each of the eight award categories. These finalists were selected by a statewide peer review panel comprised of representatives from nonprofit organizations, schools, and businesses along with the MCSC Board of Commissioners.

As a finalist, Lake Superior Hospice is invited to attend the event, “An Evening with the Stars”. Which will take place on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI.

Within the past year the Lake Superior Hospice volunteer program has been awarded the Marquette County Outstanding Volunteer Program Award and the Upper Peninsula Outstanding Volunteer Program Award. With an active volunteer team of over 80 individuals, Lake Superior Hospice volunteers provide caregiver relief and friendly visits for the families that it serves. In 2012 volunteers provided 2,009 total hours of support, which was a cost savings of $41,799.04.

“Our volunteers are an exceptional group of individuals that go above and beyond to make sure that our patients and their families receive the best care and support. We are extremely lucky to have such an amazing group of volunteers as part of the Lake Superior Hospice team,” explains Carol Carr, CEO.

To donate to the Lake Superior Hospice volunteer program or to find out how to become a volunteer please call Samantha Collins, Director of Volunteers and Outreach, at 906.225.7760 ext. 271 or email scollins@lakesuperiorhospice.org. To find out more information visit our website at www.lakesuperiorhospice.org.

 

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Lake Superior Hospice Volunteers celebrate at their annual volunteer recognition banquet in 2013 at LSH Board President, Sue LeGalley’s home.



Memorial Day Feature: Hospice Patient Shares his World War II Story
Posted on 05.26.13 in News

World War II Veterans Jack Brown (LSH volunteer) and Palmer Roblin (patient) share stories about serving our country in this 20 minute audio/video.

Jack: “ What was your most memorable experience in the service?”

Palmer: “ Being on board a ship in the Pacific ocean during a tropical storm…the top of the wave was above our ship.”

Click play below to listen to the entire story.



Lake Superior Hospice Welcomes New Board Members Jeff Goodney and Darlene Inch
Posted on 05.23.13 in News

MARQUETTE, MI – The Lake Superior Hospice (LSH) Board of Directors has unanimously voted to invite Darlene Inch and Jeff Goodney to join the board.

Darlene brings with her several decades of experience in fundraising, public relations and community service.  A graduate of NMU (BS ’84, MA ’93), she has coordinated a number of fundraising and special events.  She’s worked as a fundraiser at NMU and UW-Oshkosh, and in her position as executive director of the Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce, she also developed a number of community events that not only raised money but also brought the community together.  “One of the things I love is sitting down with a group of diverse people, taking a seed of an idea, and collaborating together to build something far greater than what we started with,” Inch said.

 

One of the things that drew her to LSH was seeing both of her parents died at the hospital ten years ago.  “Although my parents were treated very well in the hospital, I know in my heart they would have preferred to die at home.”  She added, “People deserve dignity at every point in their lives, especially as they reach the end of their time here.  I hope I can bring to the Board a way of extending LSH’s compassion and dignity in death to more individuals.”

 

A recent retiree of the City of Marquette, where she worked for Marquette’s City Manager, she enjoys reading, cooking, making handmade greeting cards and spending time at her camp with family and friends.  She’s a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church; she and her husband Jim live in Negaunee Township.  The couple has four grown sons and four grandchildren.

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Goodney graduated from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree and is a registered Professional Engineer.  He is a partner at Closner Construction and Sales, Inc. located in Marquette where he has worked for the past 11 years.  He has served as a past President of the Marquette Builder’s Exchange and currently is a Trustee at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

“I chose to join the Board of Directors at Lake Superior Hospice because of the great work that the organization does for the community,” Goodney said.

A native of Marquette, he still lives there with his wife, Carrie, and two daughters.
In his free time he enjoys hanging out with his family, going to camp, traveling, playing hockey, golfing, cross country and downhill skiing, coaching, hunting and fishing.

Jeff Goodney LSH

Lake Superior Hospice is a local, independent, non-profit organization that has been providing support for families in Marquette County for more than 30 years.



Dr. Skendzel was the recipient of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine – U.P. Campus Volunteer Faculty Teaching Award
Posted on 05.22.13 in News

Each year medical students with the Michigan Stage University College of Human Medicine – U.P Campus choose faculty they feel made their experiences here at the UP Campus very rich and valuable- Larry was one of the docs receiving an award this year.  The students said this about Larry:

“As a palliative care physician, Dr. Skendzel is kindhearted with patients and tender with families; in some of the most trying situations, he remains a beacon of compassionate care.  Dr. Skendzel made a tremendous impact on our training and our lives, we have no doubt that we will each draw from Dr. Skendzel’s example in our residencies and future careers,” explained the medical students.

Photo: Dr. Skendzel poses with one of the 2013 SMU-CHM UP Campus graduates, Joe Steele.

 

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Local Clothing Boutique Donates to Lake Superior Hospice
Posted on 05.15.13 in News
Lake Superior Hospice CEO, Carol Carr accepts a check from the ladies at  Darling the Corner Boutique for $232.36. Money was raised through their Lunch & Fashion event! Thank you Darling for your amazing support and generous donation!
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Michigan Governor Recognizes Contributions of Hospice and Palliative Care
Posted on 05.14.13 in News

 

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Governor Rick Snyder has recognized the impact and importance of hospice and palliative care providers in the health and well-being of Michigan residents through his proclamation of May 12-18 as Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Week. 

“The Governor, in his proclamation, acknowledges the comprehensive and compassionate care that make the wishes of each patient and family a priority as well as the key values of hospice and palliative care which are to bring comfort, love and respect to those they serve,” said Lisa Ashley, president and CEO of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Michigan. 

Each year more than 50,000 Michigan residents and their families are served by hospice and palliative care providers in communities all across the state.  More than 48% of Medicare beneficiaries in Michigan receive hospice care while the national average is 41%.

“Despite the state’s high rate of hospice utilization, the length of time a family receives hospice services continues to decline,” said Gloria D. Brooks, board chair of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Michigan.  “It is the Association’s hope that through this recognition by the Governor, as well as through our work during this week to educate our communities, that Michigan families will begin to receive these very important services much earlier.”

Hospice and palliative care providers across the state will engage their legislators as well as the greater community to tell the stories of patients and families and encourage important conversations about care options and individual wishes between patients, family members and healthcare professionals.

Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Week runs May 12-18, 2013.  Contact your local hospice program for more information on the programs and services available in your community.