What Makes Us Different
- You don’t have to give up hope to get hospice. Many patients and the loved ones who care for them say they wish hospice care had started sooner.
- Treatments that provide our patients with comfort and relief may continue, uninterrupted, even after we’ve started providing hospice care.
- We don’t require that advance directive choices be made such as a “do not resuscitate” order (DNR) or living will to begin providing hospice care.
- When you need care, we’re ready to provide it. Any day of the year, any time of the day, we can initiate hospice care for you or your loved one.
- Our heart stretches across the nation. At any given time, Heartland provides comforting care to thousands of patients in communities and neighborhoods across the country.
- We’re fully accredited by ACHC, the Accreditation Commission for Health Care. We’ve chosen to follow their additional requirements in order to help advance the highest standards of community-based care.
- Wherever you are in your health care journey, we’re there to meet you.
- As mutual care providers, we work closely with your health care professionals to make sure specific protocols are followed closely.
In Addition We Offer
- Advanced staff certification
- Certified hospice and palliative care nurse
- Certified wound care nurse
- Referrals and admissions 24-hours a day, 7-days a week
- Admission follow-up phone call within 24-48 hours after admission
- Home IV therapy
- Encouragement for patients’ physician to be attending physician
- Patient-focused care with patient/family maintaining control
- Heartland clinicians sent to the Emergency Department to meet patients who have gone to the hospital
- Onsite referral coordination
- We Honor Veterans – Level 3
- Pet therapy
- Music therapy
- Art therapy
- Vigil Volunteers for patients at end-of-life
- Memorial services
- Making Choices guide for end-of-life choices
Dr. Netley D'Souza - Medical Director
- Residency: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
- Medical School: Grand Medical College, University of Mumbai - Bombay, Maharashtra, India
- Medical Specialty: Family Medicine
- Practice or Clinic: Tanque Verde Family Medicine
- Other Affiliations: Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, Lt. Colonel US Army Reserve, Community Advocate for Uninsured and Underinsured Americans
Dr. Francisco Rivera - Team Physician
- Residency: Veterans Affair Medical Center - San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Medical School: Ponce School of Medicine - Ponce, Puerto Rico
- Medical Specialty: Internal Medicine
- Practice or Clinic: Northwest Allied Physicians
- Other Affiliations: Also Board Certified in Hospice
Dr. Rebecca Pradhan-Nara - Team Physician
- Credentials: MD
Heartland Hospice Leadership
- Kamy Cunningham - Nurse Practitioner
- Theresa Linnane - Administrator
Heartland Hospice Care Team
- Patients and families
- Heartland’s Medical Director
- The patient’s physician
- Registered nurses
- Hospice aides
- Social worker
- Spiritual care coordinator
- Bereavement counselor
- Physical, occupational and speech/language therapists
The Heartland Experience means trying to exceed your expectations in every way. As part of our commitment to excellence, we measure the level of our service so that we can enrich the lives of our patients and the people who love them by delivering services that best meet their needs.
Every day, our hospice agencies receive recognition for the care they have provided to a patient or someone’s loved one. Many tell us they don't have the words to describe their appreciation and simply say "Thanks." Below are comments and letters from patients and family members sharing their gratitude.
"To Whom it May Concern:
I just wanted to thank Heartland Hospice and their entire staff for everything that was done to help my Grandma. I am so grateful that the process to admit her went quickly and smoothly. When she passed away, everything was taken care of and we didn't have anything to worry about. Thank you again."
The granddaughter of a hospice patient, Tuscon, AZ
At Heartland, we consider our involvement with patients a sacred opportunity and a privilege to be in their lives. We depend on our hospice volunteers to help us provide the love, respect and care our patients and their families need.
Our volunteers help enrich the lives of our patients by:
- Running errands for patients and families
- Staying with patients so family members can get a much-needed rest
- Reading or providing a comforting touch
- Playing or singing soothing music to patients
- Keeping vigil with patients in their final hours
- Helping with office support tasks at the agency
- Providing a friendly visit to lift a patient's spirits
- Providing special veteran volunteer support to patients who are veterans
To become a hospice volunteer, click here to download and complete the volunteer form on a desktop computer. Once completed, save and email the form to our Heartland staff (if you use Microsoft Outlook, please use this link instead). You may also print out the form and complete it by hand, then fax it to 520-325-2746 or mail it to our agency. We will contact you once the form has been received. If you have any questions, please call our agency.