We have to go back to 1892 to see where Faith Hospice got its start and where that was, was not in hospice care. At this time, Holland Home opened its doors to help aging seniors in the West Michigan community. In 1986, hospice became a permanent Medicare benefit, and we soon realized a need for faith-based hospice care in our community. So, in 1995, Hospice of Holland Home started providing care to those approaching the end of their life.
We are happy to report that our staff has started receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations, allowing us to further protect those we serve. We know that this pandemic will continue to affect our community but are very thankful that we have been able to take this step.
In a typical year, we put on a number of events to help educate our community about hospice care, palliative services, and bereavement. This year, those in-person events had to be canceled. To continue connecting with our community and providing valuable resources, we have created a webinar series, Hearts of Hospice.
On June 14th, doctors gave Lora Ann Wiggins 8 weeks to live. But 11 weeks later, the Faith Hospice patient with stage 4 colon cancer is still going strong. She is using her last days crossing items off of her bucket list and teaching others how to live.
Rene Wheaton, executive director of Faith Hospice, Holland Home’s hospice program, was honored with the Michigan Homecare and Hospice Association (MHHA) 2020 Hall of Fame award. Wheaton is the only medical professional in West Michigan and one of three in the state to receive the Hall of Fame recognition this year. The MHHA began honoring health care professionals with the award in 2014. Since then, there have been 20 individuals who have received the award.
Our very own Dr. John Mulder has co-created an album, The World Around the Bed: Songs of hope and healing, to reflect the joys, sorrows and difficulties that are a part of life’s journey. Proceeds from the album will support PPE supplies for hospice providers. Click on the title link to support the project and learn more!
We at Faith Hospice are saddened by the news of the passing of our former board member and long-time friend, Dick Tierney. As a board member for 9 years and board chair for 5 years, Dick was instrumental in the growth of Faith Hospice and the creation of Trillium Woods, the area’s first in-patient hospice facility. His kind and gentle spirit, giving nature, and business savvy made him an invaluable mentor to many of us at Faith Hospice. While we will miss his wisdom and generosity greatly, we are rejoicing in the knowledge that he is now living peacefully with our Lord.
In an effort to be as prepared as possible to continue to protect our high-risk population of seniors and staff, we are looking for donations of handmade masks and materials for making handmade masks. See how you can help!