As I write this before the Thanksgiving holiday, it seems like the perfect time to reflect on the year that’s winding down and count the many blessings we have at Hosparus.

I have never been more fulfilled, grateful and challenged during my career than I have throughout my decade of service as president and CEO of Hosparus. The caregivers that serve our 7,000 patients and families each year are the best in the world, and I am very thankful for their daily compassion and commitment. They demonstrated that dedication 24/7 by travelling more than 2.3 million miles to provide care and comfort for our patients this past year.

Our volunteers at Hosparus are also phenomenal, and we could not serve patients on this journey at the end of life without the 47,091 hours they dedicated to hospice service.

Hosparus grief counselors provided nearly 3,060 hours of comprehensive programs and services to help patients and families adjust to the life-changing loss of a loved one. These sessions are provided to families up to 13 months following a death at no cost.

We know we will serve even more patients in 2016 with little or no reimbursement support for our mission. Last year, our generous donors provided more than $2 million that covered care for patients who could not afford to pay.

I’ve mentioned some pretty amazing numbers that demonstrate the commitment of our employees and volunteers. But, the most important number of all is one – that’s the number of people it takes to make a difference in another person’s life.

Please be that person who will help a patient face the end of life with dignity and comfort. Please be the person who will help comfort a child with a life-limiting illness in our Kourageous Kids program.

This is where you can help. In honor of our patients, families, volunteers and employees, I ask that you make a donation today. We’ve enclosed a self-addressed stamped envelope for you inside this issue. You may also make a donation on our website at www.hosparus.org. We sincerely thank you for joining us on the journey that we treasure – to provide the best quality of care for our patients and families.

All of us at Hosparus wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. If we can help you or a loved, please call us a 1-800-264-0521.

Sincerely,
Phil Marshall
President & Chief Executive Officer