Hospice Savannah Story Keeper, Suzi
Barber, RN sits with WWII veteran MGySgt.
Roy L. Strickland, USMC, Ret. (1925-2010).
Suzi had the honor of recording MGySgt.
Strickland’s memories of landing as a young
marine on Iwo Jima.
Hospice Savannah received a
generous gift and Endowment from Jim
and Polly D. Strickland of Bloomingdale,
the son and daughter-in-law of
MGySgt. Strickland. Part of these monies
were earmarked to create a memorial
honoring our veteran patients and to
educate our staff on the unique end-of-
life issues they face.
Click here to find out more about the Veteran Memorial.
Hospice Savannah is focusing on veterans and their special end of life needs by establishing a Veteran/
Hospice partnership in southeastern Georgia. We areproud to be part of the National Hospice and Palliative Care's "We Honor Veterans" program. We were the first hospice in the state of Georgia to attain a Level Three designation which entails the development of strong relationships with VA Medical Centers and veteran organizations to ensure veterans receive the best possible end-of-life care.
25% of all deaths in the United States each year are veterans of our armed forces. They have unique, often unrecognized needs that sometimes complicate the dying process and require skilled intervention from hospice clinicians. For example, veterans may under-report pain or fear because of deeply held stoic values. Combat veterans may suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or have sustained mental, emotional, social, spiritual or moral injuries. They may not only have witnessed trauma but caused it, and may need encouragement to engage in the work of forgiveness.
Hospice Savannah is educating its staff and volunteers on veterans’ unique end-of-life needs and is striving to recognize each veteran enrolled in their care by showing appreciation for their service to our country. We are often joined on these special visits by active duty personnel from the various branches of the armed services. We also try to assign volunteers who are veterans to patients who are veterans and, as always, our Story Keeper is available to gather for the patient's life story.
Click here to enjoy a video presentation of how we recognize our veteran patients and employees of Hospice Savannah.
Click here to find links to many helpful resources for our patients and caregivers, including a link to a VA Caregiver Hotline.