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Here at Lake Superior Hospice we can provide compassionate end of life care for you or a loved one dealing with a life-limiting illness. Research shows that 8 out of 10 Americans would want to stay in their homes surrounded by family and loved ones if they were faced with a life-limiting illness. Hospice can make this happen. Lake Superior Hospice creates a personal and specialized plan of care to ensure each patient and their families are getting the care they deserve.
Spring 2013 Volunteer Training
Interested in becoming a volunteer?
Learn more and register for the spring volunteer training this April!
Lake Superior Hospice, an independent non-profit, is now seeking volunteers to join their award winning Volunteer Team and participate in the FREE Spring Volunteer Training. The training will be held Friday, April 12 & Saturday, April 13. Volunteers are needed for office assistance, friendly visits, caregiver relief, veteran to veteran, grounds clean up, fundraising and community outreach. To register or find out more information, please contact Director of Volunteers & Outreach, Samantha Collins at 906.225.7760 ext. 217 or email email@example.com
Chutes, Ladders and the Survival Lottery
Chutes, Ladders and the Survival Lottery
by: Laurence Skendzel, MD
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.
– Emily Dickinson
I could see it in their eyes, the blank stare, fatigue, worry and the desperate search for “good news.” I was in the ICU conference room with a family to determine care planning for a 62 year old man with advanced prostate cancer and a recent heart attack with subsequent heart failure, pneumonia and kidney failure. Now on a respiratory machine, the gentleman was not getting better despite powerful medications.
I had carefully tried to communicate some of the statistics for benefit versus burden if his heart were to stop again. I could see the nurses on the floor were already worried that we were prolonging a death and not saving a life. Studies show that successful resuscitation in a hospital setting leading to discharge is about 17%. That number decreases with increased age and other chronic medical problems like diabetes, dementia and cancer. In this setting, his chance of survival, if his heart were to stop, was estimated at 4% or less. Of those who do survive, many need months of nursing home rehabilitation before they can return home and few actually do go home. In light of these statistics and the man’s current medical difficulties, I asked if the family knew their loved one’s wishes regarding CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation).
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Lake Superior Hospice Volunteer Program Recognized
Marquette, MI — Lake Superior Hospice celebrated National Volunteer Week April 15 – 21, with some great moments. A successful Volunteer Training was held and 10 new volunteers have been added to the volunteer team, 8 of which are pre-medical students at NMU. To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Lake Superior Hospice held a Volunteer Recognition Evening at the home of LSH Board President – Sue LeGalley. Many volunteers were honored and mentioned for their wonderful contributions to the organization and to the patients that LSH serves. Lake Superior Hospice was also awarded the Marquette County Outstanding Volunteer Program of the Year Award on Saturday on April 21st at the West Wood Mall in Marquette, volunteers were awarded a beautiful plaque and recognition at the event. To top off a wonderful week the LSH Volunteer Program was also featured on WLUC TV6 – The Up Side!(see video and images below).
Cake at the Volunteer Appreciation Evening
Lake Superior Hospice Volunteers accepting the
Marquette County Outstanding Volunteer Program of the Year Award
(Left to Right: Chris Steele, Deb Sobolewski,
Jeff Wenstrand, John Schimek, Jack Brown)
WLUC TV6 features Lake Superior Hospice on the Up Side
Lake Superior Hospice Spring Volunteer Training
Lake Superior Hospice is seeking volunteers to join their volunteer team and participate in their FREE Spring Volunteer Training to be held
Friday, April 13 & Saturday, April 14. Volunteers are needed to for office assistance, friendly visitor, veteran to veteran, and community outreach.