18 Ways Hospice of Southern Illinois Made an Impact in 2018
Hospice of Southern Illinois takes pride in the integrity of our reputation and the involvement in the communities we serve. Below are a few ways Hospice of Southern Illinois made an impact in 2018. We are looking forward to 2019 and growing to serve you better each year, keeping our mission in the forefront: to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness.
- Served over 40,000 families since 1981– we are your local, not-for-profit hospice with our roots starting right here in Southern Illinois.
- Celebrated our 37thyear of serving our communities – Hospice of Southern Illinois is the leader and has experience in end-of-life care.
- Welcomed Hanna Hollingsworth as our new PGY2 (post-graduate, year 2) Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacist – Hospice of Southern Illinois’ Pharmacy Residency Program, in collaboration with the SIUE School of Pharmacy, remains the only accreditedPGY2 Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency Program fully funded by a hospice, in the United States.
- Purchased a new building – located at 333 South Illinois Street, Belleville, IL. This will be the future home of our Belleville Clinical Team, moving from their leased space on East Main Street to the new building in the Fall of 2019. This building was chosen because of its proximity to our administrative office (next door) and for growth opportunities.
- Achieved We Honor Veterans Partner, Level Four – showing our dedication to Veteran End-of-Life care, our Belleville Location received the highest recognition, Level IV, of the We Honor Veterans Program. Our Marion location previously received this recognition.
- Marion Honor Flight – Hospice of Southern Illinois’ volunteers served on the Welcome Home Committee for Veterans Honor Flight Volunteer Group. Over 250 volunteers were involved to make the Veterans’ Homecoming memorable. More than 3,600 people welcomed these Heroes Home at the Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois.
- Hosted 4 Virtual Flight of Honor programs– together with community leaders of Waterloo, Freeburg, Swansea, and Mascoutah, Hospice of Southern Illinois honored over 80 Veterans. Members of the communities also came out to experience the typical “honor flight day” without leaving their hometown.
- Reached 4,000 Likes on Facebook– we are your resource for hospice education and news locally. We appreciate the online support of our advocates, patients and communities.
- Launched our Instagram account – visually opening our arms to show you the hospice hearts of those who provide the care and programs in the Metro East and Southern Illinois.
- Reinstated Pet Therapy Program – our pet therapy program is a complimentary service and an extension of our mission. We focus on finding ways to bring comfort and peace to patients and their loved ones. Pet therapy has the power to offer additional support while adding joy, companionship, social interaction, and emotional connection to individuals at any stage in their end-of-life journey.
- Volunteers donated over 10,000 hours– individuals came together and shared their time and talents with patients, families and employees to support our mission.
- 8% of volunteer hours were in direct patient care– Medicare requires a minimum of 5% of volunteer hours in patient care. Our dedicated volunteer teams exceeded this requirement.
- Presented and hosted over 160 presentations– we offer presentations, education, and resources at a minimal or no cost to healthcare professionals, organizations and community groups.
- Collaborated with community organizations – Belleville Area Humane Society, Shoeman Water Project, Boots and Socks for Trinity United Church of Christ, Mimosas and Mittens at The Esquiline and a Food Drive.
- Participated in Empty Bowl Luncheons – over 2,000 community members attend these community-based lunch programs raising awareness and offering networking where local businesses give back to local organizations.
- Involved in Salute to Scott – this O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber celebration welcomes Scott Air Force Base residents, veterans and community members to find fellowship through a welcoming community event.
- Guidestar Silver Seal – we proudly display a Silver Seal on the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to show a commitment to transparency with our supporters. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. With a Silver Seal, Hospice of Southern Illinois’ visitors can make more informed decisions when considering a donation.
- Verified Non-Profit on Facebook – individuals can give back and make donations directly to Hospice of Southern Illinois through social media. Thank you to our Facebook family, supporters, advocates, and donors who helped raise over $4,000 in our first verified year!