United Hospice Raises Awareness During Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Nov 21, 2011, 09:19 ET from UHS-Pruitt Corporation

NORCROSS, Ga., Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- November has been proclaimed National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time to recognize the professionals, volunteers, and family members who bring comfort and support to patients who are facing life-limiting illnesses and their families. Hospice and palliative care providers take the time to talk with patients and families, helping them to understand what to expect throughout an illness and what care options are available. That's why this year the national initiative is titled: "We Listen, We Care". Hospice professionals make patients' wishes top priority, ensuring patients get the care they want and deserve.

More than 1.5 million people with a life-limiting illness receive care from American hospice and palliative care providers annually. Coping with a serious illness is never easy, and caregivers want patients and families to know they do not have go through it alone. At United Hospice, care is focused on the physical, social, emotional and spiritual well-being of every patient for whom a cure is not possible. Working with doctors and hospitals, navigating the maze of care needs, figuring out insurance coverage, all in addition to taking care of one's family can be overwhelming. United Hospice wants the community to know that they are here to help. All the necessary medicines and equipment needed to keep a patient comfortable can be brought right to the home or other chosen care setting.  Hospice is about quality of life and assistance in creating a comfortable and caring environment that eases the burdens placed on the patient and caregivers.  

"We work hard all year to ensure our patients and their family members are given the best support, comfort and respect available at a time when hope can seem out of reach," said Neil L. Pruitt, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are always focused on improving quality of life; November just gives us an opportunity to highlight our ongoing efforts by increasing awareness of the care programs available during one of life's most challenging times."

United Hospice exemplifies the UHS-Pruitt promise to remain fully committed to caring for patients in every aspect of the health care continuum. For additional information on United Hospice services, call 1-800-443-4788 or visit www.united-hospice.com.

About UHS-Pruitt Corporation
Since 1969, UHS-Pruitt Corporation provides management-related services for a spectrum of high quality healthcare providers throughout the Southeast. Known for its proactive performance improvement programs and holistic care post-acute care services, UHS-Pruitt's "commitment to caring" defines not only what they do, but the culture in which its skilled network of dedicated providers work. With more than 200 affiliated service locations in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, the UHS-Pruitt Corporation family of providers touches the lives of over 24,000 patients each day through skilled nursing healthcare centers, home care and home health agencies, hospice agencies, assisted living facilities, institutional pharmacies, and programs in rehabilitation, nutrition, adult day care, community care, and care management. 

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